Urban Meyer studied, learned from Oregon
The speed of college football has increased exponentially and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took notes from one of the trendsetters to apply to his program.
In an interview on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," Meyer discussed what he learned when he went out to study Oregon when they played in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2012 regular season.
"I watched them practice. Everything they do from weight workouts to the way they train, the way they practice is all conducive to this tempo. So it’s program-wide, not [just] an offense. That’s what people don’t quite understand is — when you say Oregon or even our place right now, it’s not well, you guys run fast-paced offense. If you go watch us train in the weight room, it’s quick, fast. If you watch us practice on special teams, offense and defense, it’s all quick, fast, up tempo ’cause you don’t want your defense to be shocked ’cause that’s kind of what’s happening in football right now."
Adjusting to the nature of the game is crucial and Meyer emphasizes how important it is in every facet, not just what you see during a game.
At the University of Florida, Meyer said, his offensive lineman hated the faster tempo but in Columbus, the guys on the line have adapted and fully bought into it.
"We’ve drank the Kool-Aid. We are completely no-huddle," Meyer said, in contrast to his teams at Florida during the Tebow years that did utilize a huddle.
Meyer said he made the decision to abandon huddling while watching his Florida defensive coaches prepare to play Oklahoma in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.
The pace of college football has come into debate with the proposal of the 10-second rule, which would require teams to wait 10 of the 40 seconds on the play clock before snapping the ball.
"When I did start hearing the comments about player safety, it does make you think. But until there’s enough research done and it’s proven, just to start drastically changing rules we’ve all been affected by…I can’t see someone changing that rule without further research," Meyer said.
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will evaluate the proposal Thursday.