Zach Smith, Urban Meyer and Luke Fickell talk to reporters at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Urban Meyer leans on parents of Ohio State Buckeyes for help

Meyer has 15 coaches on his staff — coordinators, assistants, quality control coaches, graduate assistants and a sports performance coach — but he draws strength from the parents of his players. He doesn’t want a parent to send a kid to Ohio State with the idea that the kid is now the coaches’ problem. He wants the parents to continue to mold their children even after they become Buckeyes.

“We work together,” Meyer said.

Ohio State will hold mandatory meetings with players and their parents at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. They will examine each player’s evaluation following last Saturday’s spring game at Ohio Stadium. Players were asked to grade themselves on a scale of 1-5 in numerous categories from the academic side to the social side to the athletic side. Their position coaches did the same.

“We try to be as transparent as possible,” Meyer said. “Some people don’t like it. Some people have a hard time dealing with being told, ‘You’re not very good. Here’s what you need to work on.’ ”

In addition to explaining Ohio State’s evaluation process on Wednesday in a meeting with reporters at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Meyer touched on a number of other subjects.

• Meyer named redshirt freshman cornerback Damon Arnette, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and redshirt sophomore wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin as standout players in the spring game.

• Donovan Munger, a redshirt junior offensive lineman who played in 11 games last season, will not play football again, Meyer said, because of a blood clot issue.

• If the challenge last season was not being content, Meyer said the challenge this offseason was finding the answer to the question, “Are we good enough?”

“We played at a very high level for two years,” Meyer said. “Are we going to drop? I’m very pleased with how (spring practices) ended. It was nasty the first week and a half. It was not very impressive.”

• Meyer clarified comments he made to the Akron Beacon Journal last week about quarterback Cardale Jones.

Meyer told the paper Jones has “a really good skill set” and is “very smart” but “not necessarily very good at school.”

That snippet of a quote turned into headlines focusing on Meyer saying Jones wasn’t good at school.

“I try to avoid even reading stuff,” Meyer said. “I love Cardale. Cardale’s great. He’s a very talented guy. My message was when somebody asked me about the school part was he struggled in school a little bit, but he’s very intelligent was my point. In college football, you better budget your time. Some guys just aren’t very good at that. I’ve had plenty of them, and they turned out to be fine NFL players.”

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