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Oct. 19, 2011

VIDEO: Fickell Bye Week Update

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The bye week comes at just the right time for the Buckeyes in between a 17-7 win at No. 16 Illinois and a home date with No. 6 Wisconsin looming next Saturday night under the lights in the Horseshoe.

The Buckeyes picked up a solid, much-needed victory over the previously unbeaten Illini on the road, giving the team some positive momentum as they get to heal some bumps and bruises with an extra week to prepare for the Badgers.

Click the video link above to hear some of what head coach Luke Fickell had to say and read quotes from some of the players from yesterday’s media availability.

Zach Boren, junior fullback
On the offense
“We have great running backs that make great plays. Our offensive line is clicking right now and I think our communication throughout the entire offense is the biggest part of that.”

On running back Daniel “Boom” Herron
“Boom is unreal. His vision and playmaking ability is one of a kind. His ability to make guys miss and make plays helps all of us look good.”

Storm Klein, junior linebacker
On winning the turnover battle
“We focused on effort, turnovers and toughness last week and we were able to get back to those during the game. Getting those turnovers was big for us in order to get the win. If you force turnovers as a defense and the offense does not turn the ball over then it’s a good situation to be in.”

On Ohio State-Wisconsin
“We both smash the ball between the tackles and I’m definitely expecting it to be a ground game. We’ll watch them during our bye week this Saturday and try to pick up on some tendencies then.”

Mike Adams, senior offensive tackle
On physicality
“I think we’re a very physical football team, especially up front. It was good to have Boom come back and we were able to help give him some room and he was able to give us a huge boost.”

“We’re confident that we can run the ball. We pride ourselves on toughness and that shows in how well you run the ball and how well you stop the run. Being able to run the ball is a way to give us a lot of momentum.”

C.J. Barnett, sophomore safety
On the week off
“This is a good time to rest our bodies and most importantly treat it as a work week, especially with Wisconsin up next. It is good to have two week off to prepare for our biggest challenge of the season.”

On Wisconsin
“I don’t think there is any extra pressure when preparing for a team like Wisconsin. We will keep working hard this week into next week. They will be coming in pretty high and coach told us today to not cruiseduring practice this week. There is always room for improvement.”

On defensive play vs. Illinois
“We always play as hard as we can as a defense. Coach always reinforces us to work as a unit and get turnovers and I thought we did that last Saturday. As a secondary, I think we always have chemistry out on the field no matter who is out there. All of the safeties on the team are pretty close.”

Johnathan Hankins, sophomore defensive lineman
On individual performance this season
“I think I’ve had a pretty good season so far and I’m trying to be a leader on the defense by leading by example. I conditioned hard during the summer workouts and in practice this year and when I’m in the game everything seems to slow down for me. I want to be effective in every aspect of the defense, but you can always get better.”

On preparing for Wisconsin
“Our number one goal for the rest of the season is to win out and Wisconsin is in front of us. We will be studying more film this week, but we’ve been watching them all season long. They are the team to watch this year. We are excited for a game against them under the lights.”