The Buckeyes had an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, and Meyer was pleased with the quarterback player of Miller and back-up Kenny Guiton and also the emergence of running back Carlos Hyde.
The wide receiver group is still a weakness, though, and he’s moved tight end Jake Stoneburner there to provide some punch.
“They’re much improved but still not Ohio State caliber yet,” he said.
Select players also were made available to the media. Defensive end Nathan Williams, who is recovering from a knee injury, said he’s almost fully recovered and expects to be ready for the Miami game on Sept. 1.
Running back Jordan Hall, who had foot surgery, is still in a protective boot and hopes to be back at full strength for the California game Sept. 15.
While Meyer would like his past failings to be a cautionary tale for driven coaches, he also hopes the mistakes of LSU’s Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu can do the same for his players. A Heisman finalist last season, Mathieu was kicked off the team last week for undisclosed reasons.
Meyer said he’s addressed off-field issues “probably 1,000 times since January. It’s not just him, it’s a whole slew of players who aren’t playing college football. A minimum of several times a day, something is brought up about that – because it’s such a fragile time for 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds.”