Five practices into his tenure at Ohio State, coach Urban Meyer is both impressed with some things he’s seen and also realizes the Buckeyes have a long way to go.
“You have such high expectations,” he said after the defense won an in-practice scrimmage on Wednesday, before adding, “It’s not fair to the players to say that.”
Asked whether the offense was making progress learning the hurry-up attack he helped popularize at Utah and Florida, it is clear that that is not the case.
“We’re not where we need to be. But I’m not upset. I just wish we would grasp it a little faster,” he said. “There’s not one position. It’s like offensive football, anytime you install, anytime you do something new, nine guys do it right and two guys do it wrong and it just looks like the most disgusting thing you’ll ever see.”
FLORIDA: Tight end A.C. Leonard was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to pay $628 in court costs after pleading no contest to a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery stemming from an altercation with his live-in girlfriend.
Leonard also must continue anger management counseling and have no contact with the victim.
Gainesville Police arrested Leonard on Feb. 15 after a 21-year-old female Florida student claimed Leonard assaulted her during a verbal argument.
Coach Will Muschamp later suspended Leonard, who caught eight passes for 99 yards as a freshman in 2011. He allowed Leonard to return to the team on March 26 and participate in spring practice.
IOWA: Running back Jordan Canzeri was scheduled for surgery Wednesday to repair a torn knee ligament and could miss the 2012 season.
Coach Kirk Ferentz says Canzeri is expected to need at least five to six months to recover.