April 8, 2014
As Armani Reeves heads into the spring game, he prepares to fill the shoes of All-American cornerback Bradley Roby, who is expected to be one of the top corners taken in the upcoming NFL Draft. As a true freshman in 2012, Reeves played in six games during Ohio State’s perfect season. During his 2013 sophomore season he started four games, including the Orange Bowl against Clemson, recording four tackles and giving him valuable big-game experience heading into 2014. After a recent spring practice, Reeves spent some time talking about the cornerback competition as well as his learning experience that will contribute to the success of the 2014 team.
“The competition to get the starting spot brings out the best in us every day. None of us are just giving the spot to someone; we are all trying to take it. That’s all you could want, are guys to go hard every day and make everyone better.”
“To get on the field you have to get after it. If you play hard, play fast and hit hard, then they are going to notice you and they are going to find a way to get you on the field no matter what position you play.”
“In the past, I have had ups and downs, obviously. But it is a new year and a fresh start. You can’t worry about what happened before, only what is going on right now. I am just trying to work on my game and help the young guys work on their game, too, because I am only as good as they are. That’s what we have to remember, that we are all in this together.”
“I learned from last year that when you are the new guy on the block they are going to pick on you. I learned to never get frustrated because that’s the game. It’s what you do the next play that makes you special. When things like that happen, you just have to play the next play.”
“What we are trying to do (in the secondary) this season is different. We are pressing a little bit more and we all like that because we get to be more aggressive. We are able to play with our strengths; for example, I am bigger than a lot of the guys so I can use my hands and my body more. It is really allowing us to play with our strengths and that’s what makes it fun.”