On playing Michigan State
The way we play each other the last few years, it’s always been that tough hard nosed type of game. It’s special because it’s two teams that are always competing for a spot in the Big Ten Championship. The whole team knows what it’s going to take. It’s going to be a big game
On the leaders of the team
Myself, Keandre (Jones), Tuf (Borland), Chase (Young) and (Jonathan Cooper) step in, BB (Landers). We all kind of find our moments and pick and choose when to say something if it’s needed.
On Keandre Jones’ performance
Because of Keandre (Jones’) personality. Whether he’s playing or not he’s not a quitter. He’s going to be out there helping guys out no matter what it is. We just appreciate his effort and what he does for the team.
On this game vs Michigan State
Every game is special. This time of year it’s Big Ten season. Once it gets this late in the season, you just have to put your hand in the dirt and run the ball.
On Michigan State
We have a lot of respect for their team. Just like last year, I think they have the No. 1 rush defense in the Big Ten, but we ended up coming out on top.
On the offensive line
Our entire unit, the whole O-Line, we push each other everyday to get better and Wyatt (Davis), for example, has gotten a lot better. Everyday he’s grinding and we can see the improvement from each day. We’re very proud of him.
On this game vs. Michigan State
They have really good defensive lineman, and the challenge is just going to be matching up with their physicality. It makes us extremely excited. One of my favorite things to do is to play against really good opponents because it shows you how great you are against their attributes.
On this game vs. Michigan State
I told my dudes that games like this one come down to toughness. They have a good team and good players, but so do we. Every year it doesn’t matter what their record or our record is, you have to go in swinging.
On Brendon White
It’s one thing to get an opportunity, but it’s another thing to take advantage of an opportunity. In Brendon’s case it was exciting for him and exciting for us
On younger guys getting opportunities
The message is ‘keep competing.’ The more guys to play, the better. The trust of the coaches is continued to be earned. (Brendon playing) wasn’t by chance. It was a decision we made last Thursday. He earned that.
Reflecting on Nebraska
There are learning points from that game. Every game is an experience to learn. Not every game is going to be 400 yards passing…I’m trying to figure out what I can get better at going into the next week.
On offensive balance
I’m excited to run the ball this week…The run game did really good last weekend and I’m happy for the OL and RBs. They deserved it that game. This week we’ll be balancing both (the pass and run).
On RB performance
Now it’s about being consistent. Looking into what got us to this point and continuing to work on that and see the fruits of their labor come to fruition…At the end of the day football is me against you.
On running the ball against Michigan State
To be able to run the ball against them—that’ll be a big accomplishment for us as a team and as an offense.
On Ohio State’s offense
When you see the lineman have a pep in their step, with the running backs, our cohesion and coming together, it’s exciting. We still haven’t reached our peak yet.
On this weekend’s game
A win is a win. Definitely going to Michigan State and coming out with a win will enhance our confidence down the stretch…Going against Michigan State is kind of like a rivalry. We’re looking forward to this game.
On Michigan State’s defense
They’ve done what they’ve done and they do it well with their consistency of how hard they play downhill. The effort they play with defense is across the board.
On his improvement
Being consistent and earning that trust from the coaching staff and quarterback. I’m just continuing to build on that and be consistent.
Conversation with his father
It was a dream come true. He was super proud of me during this whole process. I’ve been keeping my faith. I’ve had some struggles here not being able to play, but when I got that opportunity I tried to take advantage of it and have fun with my teammates at the end of the day.
On his role with the team
I’m not going to try to change anything. I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing and that’s going hard everyday. Having that eagerness of wanting to be great and help my teammates be great. So at the end of the day, whoever gets that starting job the coaches made the right decision. I just want to help the team win.