Below are highlights from today's press conference in the Bright House Networks Stadium postgame interview room.
Senior DE Troy Davis
On moving forward
from Akron to Ohio State...
just need to correct the things that we messed up on in the Akron game and
focus on this weekend [by] getting better at the things we didn't do well."
On how to counter
the athleticism of Ohio State QB Braxton Miller...
a good quarterback and he can beat you two ways. He can throw the ball and he's
a mobile quarterback as well. We just need to be prepared for whatever he can
bring to the table."
On playing in a
"big game" atmosphere...
live for the games − the ones with big stadiums, the away games. Everyone loves
playing at home but you got to be able to play away too. It's 90,000 but we've
played in stadiums just as close. It's going to be a great game. We're not
going to let the atmosphere get to us."
Senior OG Theo
was a good game for the offensive line. We got our running backs yards and got
a couple of big pass plays, but we got to work on the small things. We need to
go back to technique like footwork. That's one thing we stress all the time.
So, we got back to that this week. We brushed up on some things that we
might've missed in the Akron game to go strong into the Ohio State game."
On Ohio State's
a good defense. We just got to step up our efforts and do what we have to do to
try and win the game."
On the physical
preparation for Ohio State...
every game for the offensive line is physical. It's always physical in the
trenches. There's not one play where you're not hitting somebody so it's
definitely physical for us. We want to try and out-physical these guys. You
know, we're in the weight room just like they were but we believe we've been
working harder. So, we just got to use that in our advantage and go up and try
to win the game."
On playing in front
of a big crowd...
played in big games before so we're not letting that stress us. It's football.
You get kind of used to that environment even when you're at home. 45,000
people screaming is still loud, it's just loud noise. If someone has jitters,
we'll get it off the first couple of snaps and just go from there."
Head Coach George
attention from a game with Ohio State...
like playing non-conference games against tradition schools like Ohio State.
They have a great, long history of winning and great tradition as far as the
program is concerned. We look to every game with an opportunity to win it and
that's what I told our players at the beginning of the season. We expect to
play 14 games this year. We got to perform to get that done. I think, with Ohio
State, that they're a very good football team and they recruit extremely well.
You have Urban [Meyer] taking over for Jim Tressel, who's no slouch in
recruiting and he brought a lot of good players to that program. Again,
watching them, I think, they're a very solid defense. I think they have good
athletes, good line of scrimmage play and good coverage skills. I think
offensively, obviously, they have great athleticism at quarterback with No. 5
[Braxton Miller]. We'll have our hands full on both sides of the ball. Again,
as I told our kids it's a great challenge. You go up to every game with an
opportunity to win and that's exactly what we look at. It's the second game of
the season. We have to do things that we have to do, and I don't worry as much
about Ohio State doing the right things as much as we do the right things
within our schemes of offense and defense. But let's see where that game is in
the fourth quarter and I think that's what you go to look at. We're going to
have to tackle better. We're going to have to sustain blocks better. We're
going to have to make some chunk plays out there. Again, I'm going to count on
our seniors to handle the crowd and the noise and all that stuff. We don't
travel with a lot of freshmen so everybody out on the travel squad has pretty
much been in big stadiums. That's why you play Division I football is to play
in games like this. That's the challenge I propose to the team as far as
practice is concerned and as far as the game is concerned."
On replicating QB
Miller's mobility in the offense...
moved someone else into that spot; Drico Johnson is [our] No. 5. He's about
6-foot-2, 215 lbs. and an athlete that can do things. He's done a really good
job for us but I don't think he can replicate No. 5. I think he's an
exceptional quarterback that, basically, is everything they talk about at Ohio
State. He's a very good player that has a great surrounding cast around him -
it's just not him. He has great athleticism at wide receiver. He has a big
running back and you can't always tackle those fellas. We're going to have our
work cut out especially with the no huddle and fast tempo stuff they're doing.
We'll line up and let's check it out. I'm looking forward to it. I always look
forward to big games like this and I think the team will too. You'll have to
stable some of it but I'm more concerned of us doing the right thing than I am
with Ohio State and with what they do. We're practicing to get better at what we
On the players not
fearing Ohio State...
think they're eager to play good competition. I think most competitors would
like that. I always say you respect everybody and fear no one, and I think
that's the motto I've always had with the team. You give respect because they
certainly deserve it. They've had a long history of winning, winning
championships up there, a great fan base. Everything you want for a program
they have. We're still trying to strive for that and I think we have the
opportunity to go out and show what we can do. That's the challenge I put up
for the kids."
On what to expect
from head coach Urban Meyer...
think they're always fairly-well drilled. I don't think he's playing with
chopped liver, I think he's playing with great athletes out there. I think he
utilizes them very well and he gets his good athletes the ball in space and
lets them do the work. They'll be solid on special teams. I think he does a lot
of things you need to do to win football games very well as far as what I've
seen. He's got a great touch in getting guys that can make plays."
On RB Latavius
Murray's gameday status...
think he's week to week. He didn't practice today, in fact, he was just in a
helmet. That'll be a week-to-week deal but if they don't practice Tuesday or
Wednesday, I don't include them in the game plan. I don't expect him to play
the thing we didn't do last year. [Takeaways] were rare. We always call them
takeaways on defense and turnovers on offense. Last year, I thought we were too
sloppy ball security wise on offense as far as protecting that ball."
QB Blake Bortles' demeanor...
had two days of practice. Blake is a pretty poised guy and in some sense that's
great and in some other sense it's bad. He doesn't get rattled a lot. I think
he commands control of the huddle and he commands control of the field. He
understands the game plan and the thing I like about Blake right now is that
he'll take what the defense gives but he's sure not afraid to take a shot down
the field. ... We're basically a 60-40 team - 60 percent run, 40 percent pass.
But that's basically the philosophy that we're going to control the line of
scrimmage and see if we can run it and go after people. But if not, we have the
ability to throw. I feel more comfortable this year with the drop-back game
than I have in any year, last year or the year before. The reason is that
Bortles has good arm strength, he can see down field. I think we have some
receivers, we play with six of them that can go out and get the ball."
On trying not to do
too much against Ohio State...
think it comes down to responsibility and accountability. You have a job to do
so just do your job and don't worry about the guy next to you. I think that's
when you start getting yourself in trouble and let the coaches coach and let
the players play. I have two coaches on the field and that's the quarterback
and the MIKE linebacker. They take charge on the field. You know, we're young
at MIKE with sophomore [Terrance Plummer] there but Blake has to take charge.
He's the quarterback on the field, and let the coaches make corrections on the
sideline. You just worry about your responsibility and you getting your job