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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quotable: Ohio State's Urban Meyer on Greg Schiano, Rutgers defense, more

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer held his weekly Big Ten conference call Tuesday to preview Rutgers' game Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Here's part of Meyer's transcript, from his relationship with Greg Schiano to Rutgers' special teams work to game-planning for Kemoko Turay.

On his scouting report of Rutgers"They have a really good punt block team is where I would start. They're very aggressive. They bring different looks. You can tell they spend a lot of time. I have a lot of respect for their head coach. Greg Schiano was one of my closest friends. I visited Rutgers several times. I know what they have, I know their recruiting. They have very good players. They're 5-1. Other than a slant route when the kid broke a tackle, we're looking at them as a 6-0 team. We're getting ready for a really good team."

On Kyle Flood calling end Joey Bosa one of the best players in the country: "I obviously agree with that. A guy that big, normally you're one-dimensional. Normally you have the pass-rush skills, but you don't have the run-stopping skills or the ability to bull rush people. He's got the ability to beat you with speed, beat you with power and also stop the run. He's got it all."

On Rutgers' smaller defensive line: "They do a good job. They're movement guys. They have a tilt nose guard (Kenneth Kirksey) that's very good with his hands. He plays a position where it's hard to get leverage on him. And then the other side, they're moving a lot — that's the three and the five, the stand-up guys. They're very quick, they play with their hands — we call it violent hands. They're well coached. They're always in the right gap. It's a unique structure of defense that you can tell they've been doing for several years. They're very good at it."

On Rutgers' extensive kick-block work: "They spend a lot of time on (punt block). You can tell it's well schemed, it changes per game obviously. I'm sure the head coach is involved in it. They stem, which means they move and try to give you numbers, load on one side and come from another. They're very well coached. On field goal blocks, it's real simple: They've got a 6-foot-6 guy (Turay) that we're going to work against it today. It looks like an incredible vertical jump. They get great push and it's all middle block. They work real hard at it."

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