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In preparation for a primetime Rutgers matchup this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Harry Miller, Chris Olave, Master Teague, Pete Werner and Tommy Togiai met with the media on Wednesday to offer their thoughts on the season thus far and to preview their next opponent.

First up was Miller, who said last year’s line (specifically Jonah Jackson) as well as this year’s helped work himself into his first year as a starter.

Miller, who is quite frankly the gift that keeps on giving, also talked about his non-football related aspirations, which include opening a bookstore and traveling.

Please, NCAA. Do it for Harry!

Next up was Togiai, who had three sacks against Penn State earning him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. He said he attributes his success as a pass-rusher to his get-off, and that he was actually surprised to find out he finished the game with with three sacks.

Next came Werner, who said the Buckeyes have a lot of talent on defense, which means Kerry Coombs is willing to take some risks in challenging the opposing offense because of that. He said the defensive play calling has a “professional feel.”

Olave, who took a scary hit in the Nebraska game, said there was never a doubt that he would be able to play against Penn State, and that his and Fields’ chemistry is better than ever.

Also, these types of recruiting stories never cease to amaze me:

Last but not least, Teague said that he’s feeling great, and that he’ll be helping Cameron Brown through his rehab for his Achilles tear.

As always, you can find more from today’s interviews here.

Sad basketball news...

Ohio State guard Abel Porter, a graduate transfer from Utah State, has been ruled medically unable to participate due to a “non-COVID related medical condition” that will end his college basketball career.

Porter elaborated on Twitter, saying he’s been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease.

For more information on Porter and his journey to Ohio State, check out these two stories by Eleven Warriors’ Colin Hass-Hill. We wish him nothing but the best.

From around the league...

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