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Herman: "I'm seeing defenses I've never dreamt of"

Through their first three games against Miami (OH), Central Florida and California, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman says that he saw defensive coverages and alignments that he'd never seen before.

I’ve seen defenses in the last three weeks that I never dreamt of in mymind to try and stop the QB from trying to run the football.”

“It’s an interesting quandary to be in when you have such a dynamic runner back there, that defensive coverages tend to be completely skewed opposed to what you grew up knowing.”

Urban Meyer noted that the defenses that they study on film all week are completely different come Saturday afternoon, but he doesn't expect that trend to carry over once they start Big Ten play next weekend.

“All three defenses we’ve faced have been (unique). We didn’t practice what they played because we didn’t know. So that tells you what they’ve been doing all offseason working on this one game.”

“It’s harder as the season progresses for a team to do that, because they can’t just say, ‘We’re working on Ohio State,’ because they have some previous games. So after this game, we’ll see usually what we see, and that is what teams play, because you can’t change defenses in the middle of the year normally.” Meyer explained. 

Plenty of quality content here from Tom Herman in the clip, including his thoughts (at the beginning of the clip) on the different defenses they've encountered and adjustments that the offensive staff has had to make during game day.