Ohio State Football: Buckeyes' Renewed Confidence Reaffirms Urban Meyer's Impact

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 6, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State football's head coach Urban Meyer was brought in to take the offense to new heights, but his presence has done significantly more.

Since the start of the offseason, the team has not only focused on the offense but has changed the culture of the locker room.

All-Big Ten defensive end John Simon told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg that he believes his Ohio State Buckeyes have "high expectations" for not only the team's defensive unit, but for the entire team.

Yet it was FB Zach Boren's comments in Austin Ward's BuckeyeNation posting that told the story of the Buckeye's offseason.

I'm actually going to say that we've had the best offseason in the history of college football. I honestly think we had that, because guys are pushing themselves that hard. I've never seen it before.

And it was Simon that didn't hesitate to agree to Boren's remarks.

It was a monumental statement made by the senior fullback talent. This was not the best team Boren has been a part of, nor did he say this is the best team heading into the next season. Boren's words indicate that this is a group of guys that will only settle for greatness.

How many times have you heard a player say this was the best offseason they've had in the sport's history? Is that even fathomable?

There is yet to be a snap made in the regular season; so certainly there are still a multitude of areas in which this Ohio State team must prove itself. Undoubtedly, their quest for top-notch football on both sides of the ball doesn't stop here.

However, what must be taken from this is not that the Buckeyes are, in fact, having the best offseason in team history. It is simply Boren telling the media just how great of an impact having Meyer on the sidelines will be.

Meyer is not only one of the greatest head coaches in the last decade of football; he may well go down as one of the most prolific coaches in history when it comes to winning games.

The 10-year head coach has taken each of his last eight teams to bowl games and is 7-1 in those games.

What's more?

Two of the seven end-of-season wins came in the BCS Championship. Both were titles that were won with the Florida Gators in two of the last five seasons he coached the unit.

The ex-Florida coach knows exactly what it takes to take a team to the promised land, and that is exactly what both Simon and Boren must surely imply with their encouraging words.

Meyer has brought about a positive culture to the Ohio State program, and it is showing with every day he is a head coach at this program.

Make no mistake about it, Meyer is on a mission to instill greatness both on the field and mentally. And that is exactly what we are witnessing taking place.