Meyer waiting to get excited about Buckeyes’ offense
COLUMBUS – How much is enough? When has Ohio State scored enough points for coach Urban Meyer to be satisfied?
Apparently it’s higher than 40. At least Meyer gave the Buckeyes’ offense a grade of “very average” on Monday as he looked back at a 40-20 win over Buffalo in the season opener last Saturday.
“I have very high expectations. I want to score every time we touch the ball. I’m disappointed if we don’t score,” Meyer said. “I think we grade it very average for this game, without taking any disrespect for our opponent, because they did a good job.”
OSU nearly lived up to Meyer’s lofty expectations in the first quarter of the Buffalo game when it scored the first three times it had the ball.
“We have some talented guys. Our coaching staff has been together and we should have been better,” Meyer said. “We came out of the gate the way I kind of envisioned and we finished the game kind of like I imagined we would too. I was not pleased with the lull.
“I think complacency is certainly not a problem this week.”
Meyer’s message to aim for big numbers is not just talk. Wide receiver Chris Fields, who caught two touchdown passes in the Buffalo game, says it is a goal.
“We’re going to try to score as many points as we can against any team. We weren’t happy with 40. We want to try to get about a hundred,” he said, with a smile.
San Diego State (0-1) lost its opener 40-19 to Eastern Illinois last Saturday in a game the Aztecs coach Rocky Long called “as bad a performance as I’ve ever been around.”
San Diego State quarterback Adam Dingwell threw four interceptions, fumbled three times and was sacked three times.
The Aztecs were without leading rusher Adam Muema for much of the game after he suffered a first-half ankle injury. He rushed for only 17 yards on 10 carries after gaining 1,458 yards last season.
Other thoughts from Meyer:
Cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Smith, who will be back from one-game suspensions, will not automatically return to the starting lineup. They will have to work their way up the depth chart this week.
“He’s competing for a spot,” Meyer said about Roby. “We’ll probably see Armani (Reeves) or Roby start. It depends on how they practice. I think he (Roby) learned a really strong lesson and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and I’m anxious to get him back on the field.”
Smith’s situation is the same.
“I don’t know, we’ll see how he practices,” Meyer said. “I hope he does earn the right to carry the ball because that will free up Jordan Hall to help us in some other areas, maybe.”
Much-hyped freshman Dontre Wilson did well in his first college game, except for losing a fumble. But another fumble could be costly.
“Dontre was good other than putting the ball on the ground. That was terrible and he won’t play that much if it happens again. I did think he showed some of the explosiveness he has,” Meyer said.
Starting center Corey Linsley’s foot injury has healed more slowly than expected. He played 17 plays against Buffalo but should play more this week.
Linsley had surgery after the Michigan game last November but continued to have a problem with the foot. A second surgery inserted a screw into a bone in his foot and is “a little bit ahead of schedule,” according to Meyer.