The science behind building a champion

Matt BuckeyeBuzz

Urban Meyer has shown that building a national championship caliber program goes much deeper than recruiting good football players. 

There are a lot of outstanding recruiters around the country, but there are few coaches in the class of Meyer in terms of bringing out the best in his players.

Meyer has constructed a complex recipe for success that pushes his players to be elite in every facet of their lives.

He gave a window into what he seeks from his players during his first weekly press conference of the season Monday.

The OSU head coach was asked about his wide receiver situation heading into Monday’s season opener at Virginia Tech. The receiver position has garnered a lot of attention because the Buckeyes will be without three of their top pass catchers — Jaelin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and Corey Smith — because of a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

Meyer responded with a detailed answer on how he has decided who will take the place of the three sidelined receivers.

“I am looking for attention to detail and taking care of themselves,” said Meyer. “We really watch closely their body weights, their hydration, how you handle yourself as a pro and how Parris Campbell handles himself. Right now, I have Parris and Terry (McLaurin) starting at special teams, and obviously you know how we feel at those positions. How they handle themselves in practice and (strength coach Mickey Marotti), he’s in charge of all of the sports performance. Are they at their body weights? Are they fully hydrated? Are they maximizing their time?”

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