Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes face a big challenge in replacing the production lost with guys such as John Simon, Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino either graduating or moving on to the NFL.
An even bigger obstacle for Meyer, though, is replacing the leadership they provided.
It took Meyer all but one minute to mention that during his press conference at the Big Ten media days, according to a transcript provided by NBC’s Columbus affiliate.
This year’s team has high expectations, riding off the coattails of what those kids did last year, and it’s very simple that if we get tremendous leadership from our coaching staff, but most importantly our players, then we’ll have a success — I feel strongly about this group having a successful season.
That statement echoed what Meyer said at the beginning of spring camp regarding who might step up for the Buckeyes.
“We’re in the evaluation phase of who can fill those roles,” Meyer said via the AP. “Make no doubt about it now, that that was a huge part of a successful season.”
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