Ohio State football: Urban Meyer says he is concerned about Buckeyes depth

Ohio State’s last opponent and its next opponent both praised the third-ranked Buckeyes’ depth this week.

Ohio State’s coach took the contrarian view when he heard about it such comments from Penn State coach James Franklin and Indiana coach Tom Allen, respectively.

“I don’t see that right now,” Urban Meyer said Wednesday night. “I really don’t. We’re hanging on at a couple positions right now. We’ve got to get a couple guys back.”

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He didn’t elaborate on which positions concern him, but the guys coming back are defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and cornerback Damon Arnette.

Both were injured in the second half of Ohio State’s 27-26 win at Penn State on Saturday night.

Meyer identified them as probable on Monday before confirming they are in when Indiana visits this weekend.

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“You can never have enough depth,” Meyer said. “We’ve got a ways to go.”

In a related topic, Meyer said a new rule that allows players to participate in up to four games without losing their redshirt season has not played a role in who has played so far this season.

“We really don’t have that luxury right now,” Meyer said, referring to the possibility of saving some players for the end of the season. “We’re playing ‘as needed.’ We’re like week six for most teams. I think there was conversation about that early on when we first heard about the rule, but if they’re ready to play, they’re gonna play.”

The full audio of Meyer’s Wednesday night press conference is available below.

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