Urban Meyer addresses Ezekiel Elliott's comments, talks punishment
There was a consensus thought following Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State on Saturday.
Having a Heisman Trophy-caliber tailback get only two carries in the second half was not acceptable. Ezekiel Elliott was not happy with his lack of second-half usage. He sounded off on the play-calling and the fact that the Buckeyes weren’t “put in position to win.”
On Monday, Urban Meyer addressed his superstar’s open postgame criticism.
“Zeke is a very honest guy,” Meyer said. “…I couldn’t disagree with him. He should’ve gotten the ball more, but that’s not the place to say that.”
Meyer said that Elliott came into his office and he apologized, saying that the comments were taken out of context but that he was sorry he let his emotions get the best of him. Elliott also delivered a public apology via Twitter on Monday.
Meyer repeated that it was already water under the bridge.
And would there be any punishment? No, not at all, Meyer said.
“Zeke had a microphone stuck in his face,” Meyer said. “We don’t condone that. He came to be and apologized. We squashed it as a team and we squashed it with Zeke.”
Getting back to Ohio State’s play-calling, which only produced five first downs in the entire game, Meyer repeated the fact that it was not where he thought it needed to be.
The 132 yards were the lowest offensive output by any Meyer-coached team ever.
“Not very good,” Meyer said on the play-calling. “We have to do better.”
To do better, Meyer said that he’ll be more involved in the play-calling moving forward.
You can bet that when the Buckeyes take on Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Elliott will be much more involved in the game plan, too.