Ohio State vs Akron Postgame Quotes

Sept. 3, 2011

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Joe Bauserman, senior quarterback
On his performance
"It felt good to get out there and get good timing and get comfortable with the seniors and offensive line. I tried to lead the best I could. It's something I've always dreamed about. It felt good but now I'll watch film and critique it and move on."

On how the quarterback competition worked out
"It was good for both Braxton and I to get out there. Braxton came in and did well and moved the ball. We both were focused. Now it's time to watch the film and prepare for Toledo."

Andrew Sweat, senior linebacker
On the team's performance
"The coaches put us in a great position to perform well. We don't have a lot of big names like past years, but we have a lot of younger guys that are ready to step up. It came down to base fundamentals and we executed."

On if Coach Fickell was any different than in the past
"Coach Fickell was the same to me. He is a great leader overall. I think he parlayed his coaching into the offensive side of the ball like he had the defensive side. Everyone on the team knew he was going to be a head coach someday. It was just a matter of when. I think he's done a great job already in getting us ready."

Jake Stoneburner, junior tight end
On the play of Joe Bauserman
"Joe was really good in camp, so we expected him to be the day-one starter. We're all really proud of him, and we were glad he was out there today."

On his ability to get open in coverage
"It was partly the play calling and partly natural athletic ability. I have a lot of confidence and a good relationship with Joe [Bauserman]. Today we were able to connect a few times."

Dominic Clarke, sophomore defensive back
On starting in place of Travis Howard
"When the news broke about the suspensions, I knew I was going to start because of the way the depth chart is set up. I was sad for Travis, but I quickly realized it was a great opportunity for me to show what I can do."

On his tipped ball that led to Andrew Sweat's second-quarter interception
"It was a little bittersweet since I couldn't come down with it myself. But I am glad Andrew was able to come up with it - anything that helps the team makes me happy."

On Ohio State's defense
"I never doubt our defense. I see them play everyday in practice. There may not be any big household names, but the coaches on defense trust us all."

On battling the heat
"I was just excited to take the field, and ready to get the year started. I didn't know Coach Fickell wore two shirts until you mentioned it. Maybe he's trying to get in better shape."

Devin Smith, wide receiver
On his touchdown
"I didn't think he would throw it to me, but (after the play) my emotions were very high. As soon as I scored I looked to my mom. I know she was proud of me."

On the first game of the season
"We really connected. If felt good to turn the page and keep the game going. It feels like we're back on our feet. Wearing the Scarlet and Gray is much different than anything else before."

On the camaraderie with fellow freshmen Braxton Miller and Evan Spencer
"We knew each other from recruitment even before we committed. We've all hung out throughout camp and in the hotel. We've built a good friendship and have learned together throughout camp. Our friendship definitely helps us work well together on the field."

On receiving play time today
"We are all very good athletes and we've learned quickly. That is what we were told we needed to do. We've spent a lot of time in the film room learning. Devier (Posey) and Coach Drayton spent a lot of time with us helping us."

Evan Spencer, freshman wide receiver
On his Ohio State debut
"It was crazy. It really is unreal to be here. I'm glad I'm here and ready to learn."

On his catch from Braxton Miller
"We had a go route called. I didn't think the ball was going to come to me until I realized I had my guy beat. I didn't think Braxton (Miller) was going to throw it but then he did so I had to make the catch. It was great."

On his dad's reaction to his first game
"I haven't talked to him yet. He's here so I'm sure he's waiting to talk to me. I did have 47 text messages after the game though."

On his improvement through camp
"Devin (Smith) and I got here and realized we really had a lot to learn. The coaches really broke it down for us and made it a lot easier. We both had times where things would be slow then it would pick back up. It's coming along. I think we have both made great improvements and learned a lot since coming here."


Rob Ianello, head coach
"Ohio State is a very good football team. They'll certainly win a lot of games and certainly are in the race when it comes to winning the Big Ten. They are a very well coached team."

On what went wrong today
"Our defense was on the field way too long. I felt we were competitive on defense, but we missed too many tackles which was a result of being on the field too long. On offense we didn't get anything accomplished today. I'm most disappointed in our offense."

On problems with the offense
"The line of scrimmage was our problem. We knew they were very talented on defense and we certainly didn't underestimate them going into it; but we had trouble with their defensive front all day."

Clayton Moore, sophomore quarterback
On Ohio State's defense
"They were very physical. We had a good game plan going in but we didn't execute as well as we would have liked to and some of that was on me. We made some good things happen but the little things beat us today. You have to do the little things right vs. Ohio State."

On the heat
"It was smoking; I went in for halftime and couldn't feel my legs. I have played in a couple day games that hot before. I don't think it affected my play. We just didn't execute and we lost."

On competitive nature of the team
"I don't think they outmanned us, just a step here and step there. The heat may have affected us depth wise. They had more guys to sub in and had fresh legs. I wouldn't say we gave up and didn't compete. If you were to look at something it would be execution."

Brian Wagner, junior linebacker
On Ohio State's offense "We didn't play that well later in the game. They started to wear us down and that wasn't Zip defense. I can't say we played well. They ran all over us and passed all over us. I'm disappointed."

On preparation for the game
"We prepared all week against the stuff they threw at us but we didn't execute. We didn't do the little things. We missed gaps and tackles and did things winning programs don't do."

On a positive from this game
"Ohio State is a tough team. They are big and that kind of power ball is going to help us against Temple. They run the same type of offense and it was good foreshadowing for Temple. We need to get it together for next Saturday because we have a very tough opponent."