Buckeyes hold annual photo day Sunday afternoon
Junior LB Ryan Shazier answers questions Sunday afternoon.
Aug. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 2 ranked Buckeye football team took a day off from practice for its annual photo and media day Sunday afternoon at Ohio Stadium and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. More than 100 media members showed up to get a preview of the 2013 season, which kicks off Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo.
Read player quotes below and click the links above for photos and video of Coach Meyer. Also be sure and check back Monday and Tuesday for more players interviews and behind the scenes footage from Sunday's activities.
Devin Smith, junior wide receiver
On competition with corners
"My thing with going against those guys in practice is we are making each other better, so I always give it my all."
On consistency catching the ball
"Some of the passes I dropped last year are definitely ones I should have caught. All offseason and during camp I've been making sure I catch every single ball. I'm looking the ball into my hands a lot better."
Dontre Wilson, freshman running back
On the level of interest he has generated from first week of practice
"I'm a little surprised by all the interest in me right away -- I didn't expect it to be this way. I go out there and work hard every day and just do what is asked of me."
On work ethic
"Coach [Claude] Mathis pushed me to be my best every day in high school. I always had it in me, but he helped bring it out."
On his speed
"I've been one of the fastest dudes on every team I've ever played on. The last time I wasn't the fastest player on the field might be right now though, because Roby is fast. We haven't raced yet, though."
Nick Vannett, junior tight end
On the competition with Jeff Heuerman
"Honestly, I don't think it is any competition right now. He and I are just going out there and trying to help each other. That's what is special about this group of tight ends -- we all have each other's backs."
On two tight end sets
"It is exciting, the coaches took notice of what Jeff and I are able to do. We're going to run more two tight end sets and get us more involved in the offense this year."
Jordan Hall, senior running back
On his prospects of contributing to a national championship-caliber team
"We've got to take it one day at a time, but coming out of high school I knew I could contribute anywhere I went. Now I just have to prove it to everyone else."
On opening up the playbook
"Having me on the field gives us another playmaker. With all the other playmakers and a dynamic quarterback like Braxton, we can do a lot more."
On the great potential of the offense
"Coach Meyer says all the time now that we have the personnel that we can be explosive. We're moving at a faster tempo now and we want to score a lot of points."
Adolphus Washington, sophomore defensive lineman
On the difference between sophomore and freshman year
"The game has definitely slowed down. I'm much more comfortable in the defense and I'm seeing things better. Everything is starting to click."
Cam Burrows, freshman cornerback
On his experiences as a freshman
"Everyone has been very welcoming. My teammates and coaches are great. We are a family here at Ohio State."
On his decision to enroll early in January
"I think it was one of the best decisions I've made. I got to know my teammates and coaches better, and it helps you get a jump start on things, so you are better prepared when fall begins."
Ryan Shazier, junior linebacker
On having to sit out spring football
"It made me hungrier. I spent a lot of time studying and improving my mental game. It feels great to be back on the field."
On his leadership style
"I'm more of a leader by example, but I know I have to become more vocal. Guys learn the game differently, so you need be able to lead in a number of ways."
Mike Mitchell, freshman linebacker
On choosing Ohio State over in-state schools in Texas
"It was a tough decision because most of my family is in Texas and there was pressure around me to stay in-state. Ohio State was just the best place for me - I liked the coaches and the way they play football. Plus, it is a school with a great history of linebackers."
On OSU linebackers he admires
"I watch a lot of game tape on James Laurinaitis and A.J. Hawk - they both attack the ball so well. And I love having Coach [Mike] Vrabel here to learn from as well."
On freshman running back>Dontre Wilson
"He's shifty and someone you have to get plugged up at the line, because if he finds open space he's tough to stop."
C.J. Barnett, senior safety
On the off-field distractions of the past month
"It didn't affect us as a group. Those guys learned from their mistakes, and now we're moving forward. The coaches did a great job of handling the situation."
On defensive leadership
"We are going to have to rely on guys like [Christian] Bryant, [Ryan] Shazier, [Bradley] Roby and myself, guys who have playing experience and know what it takes to get the job done. It will be tough to replace the seniors from last year, but we need to draw together and lead the `D'."