Former Florida and Ohio State coach, Urban Meyer, went from sideline to studio with Fox Sports and shared his thoughts on elite coaches and quarterbacks at of a Q & A session with post columnist Steve Serby.
Q: What are some fascinating scenarios this season?
A: We can do a lot of different things, but can anyone overthrow the two teams that have been a bit dominant in the last three years? And it's Alabama, Clemson. They have favorable schedules and return shifts, which could be a daunting task.
Q: Who could be a sleep team this year?
A: I like LSU because I know just how they recruit. I love their quarterback (Joe Burrow), obviously he was mine for a while, and ours at Ohio State. But they have to play in Alabama and they are in the same division. I am very biased, I will not consider them a sleeper, I think the state of Ohio will be right on this issue.
Q: Reflections on Notre Dame this season.
A: I love them. I have been recruiting against them for many years and they have really done a good job of recruiting. And I think Brian Kelly is one of the most underrated coaches in America, he is excellent. You simply do not know their schedule. You do not know who will appear and be a difficult team. I believe that they have Georgia this year and our rival, the North team.
A: I think they recruited as well as anyone in the last two, three years. I think it's all about recruitment and development. Right now, it's the best recruiting team in the East.
A: It's a little head of the Pac-12, I noticed, in terms of recruitment. Mario Cristobal, I know him and I know him, and he has always been described as an elite recruiter and their quarterback (Justin Herbert). I should say and Washington are the best teams in the Pac-12.
Q: What kind of pro will Tua (Tagovailoa) do?
A: I think it's going to be exceptional. He must still develop his precision … he has all the tools to be a very good pro.
Q: Why will his game be translated into the NFL?
A: I'm a bit on the defensive when I hear that it's the job of the NFL coach to ensure the translation. When I hear someone say: "It's a college quarterback in a college system," change your system in the NFL to match it. It's no different from what you have with J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, they could not be more different players. So we adapted the system to Dwayne Haskins. So I think they're doing what this kid can do best. And the great coaches of the NFL adapt the systems to their players. Others fail.
Q: Justin Herbert from Oregon?
A: I'm still studying it. I was surprised that he came back. I think he was very ready for the NFL without knowing him. But what I saw on him at the movies, great arm strength, an excellent exit point and all the tools. I do not know his intangibles yet.
Q: Georgia, Jake Fromm?
A: Excellent quarterback. His skills have yet to improve in many areas, but all I hear from him is an elite leader, and that's who you want to lead your team.
Q: Trevor Lawrence from Clemson?
A: I have not seen much with the strength and precision of the arms, especially as young as last year. I think it's as good as it is.
Q: Does it remind you of someone at a similar stage?
A: Well, we had one last year that had the same kind of precision I see at Trevor: Dwayne Haskins. His ball goes out quickly and it's very accurate.
Q: What will be the quality of a Haskins pro?
A: So many times, a big quarter gets stuck in a bad team and it's the quarter's fault. Dwayne had very good receivers, a very good staff around him. Many of these shifts are very talented, but do they have the right system and the right people around them? I think he will be a great pro if he has the right people and the right system.
Q: How is he as a leader?
A: He was above average at the beginning and end of the year, he was exceptional. I went to see Tom Brady train and see what was separating them … and they said that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, as well as the Tebows and my greatest leaders were not just leaders in a match, but they really counted on training. And Dwayne really distinguished himself in that while his career was stopping at Ohio State.
Q: Kyler Murray?
A: I think he is a dynamic athlete. Great respect for him as a player, I will be intrigued to see how that goes.
Q: Your best memory of Tim Tebow's game?
A: I must say that in this second half of the national championship against Oklahoma. He took over the game. My recommendation to the offensive coordinator was very simple: keep the ball in Tim's hands.
Q: What made the success of Urban Meyer?
A: I really think about his players.
Q: It had to be more than that.
A: I had a good way to surround myself with very talented people – good recruitment, and if you look at my assistant coaches over the years become head coaches, so be very careful for talent and make people reach their limits.
Q: Where is your 7-0 mark against Michigan?
A: It is either 1, 1A or 1B.
Q: Or all of the above?
A: Yeah … I would probably say it's 1.
Q: Which of your three national championships was the sweetest?
A: It's hard to say. I think the most recent is the one I remember most because a third-string quarterback (Cardale Jones) and the way this team overcame the injuries they suffered. But I liked all three, obviously.
Q: What criticism has been most unfair about you?
A: I do not know, I do not try to pay attention to criticisms other than sports directors, players or something, so I do not really interfere with that. If ever someone asked a question about the actual care of a student athlete, I do not know if I've ever heard of it.
Q: Any regrets?
A: I have regret, the most recent (suspension of three matches in 2018) of having too much tried to help an assistant coach (allegations of domestic violence involving the coach of the receivers of the state of Ohio Zach Smith), a family, who at the time I thought to be correct. But other than that, not really.
Q: Nick Saban?
Q: What makes him a winner?
A: very detailed. You hear him talking about The Process. Staying consistent at the top is a great tribute to him in his career.
Q: Ryan Day?
A: acute sense of elite football. He understands the game very well. As important, understands people and how to motivate.
Q: Dabo Swinney?
A: It looks like it's balanced.
Q: Earle Bruce?
Q: Lou Holtz?
Q: Lincoln Riley?
A: I do not know him, but I know him and I admire what he did: succeed to a legend like Bob Stoops and maintain it, or even in some ways, make it stronger, which is not not easy to do.
Q: How do you see the pairing of him and his new quarterback?
A: I'm eager to look at this because we were actually looking at (Jalen) Hurts when we were looking at potential quarterback transfers. We studied in detail Hurts, (Brandon) Wimbish and (Justin) Fields. I also simply admire Hurts for the way he handled this situation with Tua.
Q: What other dynamic players should college football fans be eager to watch?
A: The Wisconsin elite alternatist, (Jonathan) Taylor. He is about to break Ron Dayne's records, and is simply an incredible player. I think Donovan Peoples-Jones is a guy who, when we give him enough time to touch the ball, will become an All-American, and from what I understand, that's the reason (Michigan) has changed the offenses, and they have three outstanding receivers led by Peoples-Jones. I think he's one of the best American players who has not touched the ball enough.
Q: Defensive players?
A: Well, again, I'm biased, I know him better than anyone else is Chase Young, I think he'll be a top-10 defensive choice.
Q: What are the guys from last year's college football season other than Haskins that you think will have an impact on the pros?
A: I think that (Devin) Bush from the north team, the linebacker. … Parris Campbell, he was not a first-round pick, he had a first-round talent, a first-round work ethic.
Q: Nick Bosa?
A: Impact player, he has to stay healthy.
Q: What's the difference between him and Joey Bosa?
A: About an inch in height, that's all. They walk in the corridor, they are alike. They play with the same tenacity and the same skills, with power and speed.
Q: The best college football team you've seen?
A: I should say the 2008 Gators. I am very biased.
Q: What about this team?
A: It's full of talent in the NFL, and I've never seen a team go through the SEC like it did, I mean, we were beating teams by three touchdowns in the Southeast Conference – good teams.
Q: How much did the tragedy of Aaron Hernandez sadden?
A: My family and I were very close to him and we were devastated.
Q: The state of the university game today?
A: It's healthy and strong as it has always been. The security, the changes that have been made, the way we practice, the way we protect players have been very positive. And the rules change to protect the players. So healthy, the crowds, the energy, the attention.
Q: The leaders you admire and why?
A: One of the first is Bill Belichick, who is a consistent leader. He is a winner. And he knows how to manage people. I think Nike's Phil Knight is a leader I've always admired. And he is a leader who always has the foundation of his faith and his family. Often, leaders are overwhelmed by their responsibility, and I have always admired it about it.
Q: Other than Belichick, head coaches in other sports that you admire?
A: I always admired Joe Maddon, I was friends with him when he was at the Tampa Bay Rays and I obviously thought he was a unique leader, and he did a great job in Chicago. Billy Donovan was my neighbor in Gainesville and I loved the way he led his team and continues to do so to this day.
Q: What traits would be the ideal Urban Meyer football player?
A: Fierce, elite competitor first and foremost. Refuse to lose. And tenacity.
Q: You can choose the brain of any major coach in the history of college football?
A: Knute Rockne.
Q: Idols of childhood?
A: Pete Rose, I was a big guy from Red Machine. Davey Concepcion 'because I was a short-stop. Isaac Curtis and Charlie Joiner and Ken Anderson.
Q: Why did not you pursue baseball?
A: I continued it. At one point, baseball did not chase me anymore.
Q: Three guests?
A: John F. Kennedy; General Patton; Woody Hayes.
Q: What quality of football coach would have been Patton?
A: Well, who knows today is a totally different animal, but in his day he would have been an elite. Could he have adapted to a new coaching mode, a new way of teaching?
Q: What did you admire about Woody Hayes?
A: his real care.
A: I've just studied it enough and I think, especially at the Civil Rights era, then its ability to stand up during the Cold War, to the decisions it's made while Russia was heading for Cuba and the courage to take.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Hunt For Red October.
Q: favorite actor?
A: Denzel Washington.
Q: Favorite actress?
A: Julia Roberts.
Q: Favorite singer / artist?
A: Jimmy Buffett.
Q: Favorite meal?
Q: I guess you will miss the adrenaline rush that awaits you on the sidelines?
A: Of course.
Q: Describe what it is, stay in school while training against Michigan.
A: Well, there is the incredible and huge sense of responsibility. You possess it, your name is on it. So, the way I've always approached, especially this game or this type of big games like this, to say that it's nice, you're so focused on making sure that every "i" is dotted, every "t" is crossed, these players have a chance to win it.
Q: Work in Fox's "Big Noon Kickoff" studio with Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn and Matt Leinart on first Saturday?
A: I'm excited. I've always liked the studio. I'm really excited about the band they put me with, huge names, very recent relevance in college football.
Q: How much did your health concerns scare you?
A: The one of 2014 was alarming.
Q: What was going on in your belly at that time?
A: When they said that we were going to undergo brain surgery, it forced you to stop for a moment and make sure everything was in order and you started to think about your family and what you were doing as it was. must.
Q: So you have to feel lucky in so many ways, is not it?
A: I do. I feel very lucky, very lucky to be able to do what I have done for so long and still have an amazing family and have your health.
Q: Could you one day see you back on the sidelines?
A: At this point, I do not see it. I think I'm done.
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