Welcome! If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re taking a break from election content— something we could all afford to do, no? So, sit back and enjoy this article that contains nothing but Ohio State football news and notes. Your mental health will thank you.
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We’re talkin Rutgers!
- Breaking down more PSU film
- the return of the Schiano man
- will OSU finally drop 60 against the Scarlet Knights?
What the Buckeyes are saying...
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 said Wyatt Davis was a big help to him this offseason and watching Jonah Jackson last year made a big difference on his switch from center to guard.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 4, 2020
Miller said he and Nicholas Petit-Frere bonded as backup offensive linemen last year. He said you have to realize that while you’re not THE guy, you are A guy and you have a role on the #Buckeyes.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 4, 2020
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.
Two of Harry Miller's goals: Owning a bookstore and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 4, 2020
Just the same as most college offensive linemen.
Harry Miller, who's hoping to start a book club with his Ohio State teammates, said he hopes he can land an endorsement deal with “Half Price Books or something” once the NCAA allows players to profit from their name, image and likeness.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 4, 2020
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.
Togiai continued:— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) November 4, 2020
-Said DE Jonathon Cooper and LB Tuf Borland have been great leaders for the defense this season.
-Said he tries to bring energy to the defense with his play.
-On his speed: "I've been working on it since my freshman year."
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.”
Main takeaways from LB Pete Werner:— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) November 4, 2020
-Said he feels comfortable at playing all the linebacker positions, said that LBs Tuf Borland, Baron Browning and Justin Hilliard all probably would as well.
-Said there is a professional feel to how the defense is being called this season.
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.
Olave said his timing with quarterback Justin Fields is “way better” than last year. He credited that to a lot of reps this offseason.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 4, 2020
Also, these types of recruiting stories never cease to amaze me:
Olave said he grew up a big #Oregon fan and didn’t really know about #OhioState until the 2014 national championship game against the Ducks. He said the #Buckeyes were one of his first big offers and he built a relationship with Ryan Day.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 4, 2020
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.
Main takeaways from RB Master Teague:— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) November 4, 2020
-Said he's feeling good physically and that he has no worries about his Achilles injury from the spring.
-Said he's improving every week, recognized his struggles in the Nebraska game but felt he improved in the Penn State game.
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.
If you're unfamiliar with him since he never played for the Buckeyes, here's a longer story on his crazy journey to get to this point.— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 4, 2020
Two-year mission trip to Russia. Walked on to Utah State. Earned Scholarship. Became starter. Transferred to Ohio State. https://t.co/phnEgNlV5V
From around the league...
Nothing much, just thinking about all the NFL GMs out there who passed on these two.
Blessed to have the opportunity to help lead this team! https://t.co/94HwCL6x15— Terry McLaurin (@TheTerry_25) November 4, 2020