3 Issues We Would Love Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Address at Big Ten Media Days

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJuly 16, 2014

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

When Urban Meyer took the stand in Chicago at last year's Big Ten media days, he had to answer a tough string of questions about the recent off-the-field incidents involving members of his Ohio State football team.

Star running back Carlos Hyde had just been given an indefinite suspension for an alleged physical altercation with a woman, and Bradley Roby, an All-American cornerback, was recently arrested on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident at an Indiana bar.

That certainly wasn't how Meyer wanted to spend his afternoon, but fortunately for him and the Buckeyes, this year's event will have a much lighter feel to it.

Ohio State has been the subject of some negative headlines this offseason, but on the whole, much of the focus will be on Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes' potential title run.

Here are three things we'd love Meyer to address when Big Ten media days kick off on July 28.

Braxton Miller's Health

Miller's health has been one of the hottest topics in Columbus since his freshman season in 2011, and that won't change in his final year as the Buckeyes quarterback.

Miller is coming off an offseason shoulder surgery that cost him all of spring practice, and his rehab has been an ongoing process throughout the summer.

Miller will be in Chicago to provide an update on his health, but Meyer's plan to keep his star player healthy is even more important. 

Without Hyde and a senior-fueled offensive line, Miller will be the most experienced and versatile weapon the Buckeyes have. Considering how injury-prone Miller is, Meyer will need to find a balance between keeping the ball in his hands and finding ways to get others involved.

Miller's ability to stay healthy could determine whether Ohio State makes a run at the College Football Playoff. 

The Incoming Freshmen

Ohio State will receive a huge boost when the No. 3 recruiting class reports for fall camp in a few weeks.

Whether they'll be allowed to make an impact remains to be seen.

Last year, Meyer was hesitant to play a number of freshmennamely Vonn Bell, Gareon Conley and Trey Johnson. Those defensive standouts could have helped, especially down the stretch when the Buckeyes' broken defense surrendered an average 38.3 points per game to their final three opponents.

Meyer admitted to Buckeye Blogging's Dan Kadar that keeping his talented freshmen off the field was a mistake

Credit: 247 Sports
Credit: 247 SportsFreshmen such as 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan are looking to make an impact this year.

Seven of Ohio State's 23 incoming freshmen enrolled early to take part in spring drills. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and kicker Sean Nuernberger stood out and gave themselves a great chance to earn playing time or starting roles this fall. 

Will Meyer talk about his incoming freshmen and, more specifically, how he plans to avoid the same mistake he made last year?

The Michigan State Game

Unlike former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, Meyer doesn't hide his true opinions under layers of cliches and generic football terms—he's blunt and to the point.

Ask him about a game scheduled for November, though, and his response would bring a smile to Tressel's face. We'd almost certainly get a "one game at a time" response, because Meyer wouldn't want his players looking ahead to a Week 11 matchup with the Spartans.

Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio could square off with the Big Ten East Division on the line this November.
Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio could square off with the Big Ten East Division on the line this November.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Of course, the Michigan game will always be at the top of Ohio State's priority list, but the Buckeyes' trip to East Lansing will be the Big Ten's most anticipated game of the season. It will feature the two teams from last year's conference title game, and the Buckeyes will be looking to avenge the loss that snapped their 24-game winning streak and a chance to play Florida State in the national championship.

It was recently announced that the game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET, under the lights and broadcast on national television. 

Every Buckeye fan is looking forward to that game. It would be great to hear Meyer talk about it, even if it's still four months away.

All recruiting information per 247Sports.

David Regimbal covers Ohio State football for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412


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