Meyer talks Spring Game this Saturday and remembers Will Smith

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Urban Meyer addressed the media after spring practice Monday morning, and he discussed the importance of fans coming out to Saturday’s Annual Spring Game in The Shoe. Meyer wants 100,000 fans to fill Ohio Stadium in order for his young players to understand how it feels to play in such an environment and energy fans bring on game day.

Meyer said, “So I’m appealing to our fans to come out and support us, for a lot of reasons. It’s supposed to be a nice day so come out and watch your team play. We appreciate you coming out and the value this year of coming out [for our players] is probably greater than in our four years here.”

Meyer specifically talked about J.T. Barrett’s progression over the course of spring drills. He said even with the absence of Dontre Wilson, Curtis Samuel, Corey Smith and Noah Brown, four of Ohio State’s top receivers, unable to participate in spring practice due to injuries, the coaching staff keeps Barrett running more of a pass-heavy offense right now. Meyer said they are working on Barrett’s twitch and running an uptempo offense.

At the end of the press conference, Meyer gave his thoughts on the death of former Buckeye Captain and All-American defensive lineman, Will Smith. He said he had the team take a moment of silence in order to remember a Buckeye great. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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