COACH TRESSEL: Well, you were all at the game. We didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the first half and we came out and played a good second half and when you get a couple key thing happen in a game like a stop at nearly the end of the second quarter and defensive scores, you’re going to have a chance to win and win decisively, so we felt good about that, then we felt good we could go back and study what it was we did well and what it was we need to get a lot better at because as we head to Iowa City we’re playing against an outstanding football team and they’re a veteran bunch, they’re a confident bunch, they play extremely well at home, it’s a great atmosphere, those of you who have been there, it’s nice and tight and there’s a lot of communication going on from the stands down to the field, so it’s kind of one of those neat places, those places that as a player you never forget that you’ve played.
So it is November, we’ve got to get better if we’re going to have a successful November, but I think our kids have that in mind and they came back to work on Sunday afternoon, and we didn’t see them yesterday, but they’ll be back to work this afternoon. The veterans know what lies ahead because they’ve played against Iowa.
Now, I don’t know if any of our guys that played at Iowa City, I don’t know if any of those fifth-year seniors were playing as true freshmen that particular year, but they’re in for a heck of an experience, a heck of a challenge, and we look forward to getting ready to get after it this afternoon. Questions?
REPORTER: Coach, knowing with Iowa’s loss and playing in their stadium, how do you prepare your team to play beyond the competition?
COACH TRESSEL: Well, you try to play every game focused on what you have to do. Now, that’s hard because you’ve watched film all week or you’ve listened all week to the experts and you can get distracted, but the mark of someone that’s doing it the best way you can is that you look in the mirror and you say I’ve got to do this better, I’ve got to do that better, plus I see the way plays his technique, I see how good he is and so forth and so on, so our guys that have played against them know, when you watch the film, you know, so if you’re paying attention, I think we should be able to keep the attention where it ought to be.
REPORTER: Your players talked after the game about the, job if speech is the right word, but the talk you gave them before they went back out for the second half and just did you feel disappointed that you had to make that speech at that point or that you needed something like that and just what were your thoughts there during that? Did you think you were at kind of a junction of the season there a little bit?
COACH TRESSEL: I was disappointed that we weren’t playing like we were capable of playing. We’ve all been in games where you’ve played as well as you could and you lost and that happens, or you played as well as you could but you made those two mistakes and, therefore, you lost. I didn’t think we were playing anywhere near we were capable of playing and we were playing against a team that they knew was good. We play them every year, it’s not like we hadn’t played them in a while, and we were playing in our stadium and all the rest, and at this time of year when you’re supposed to have been improved, so, yeah, I was disappointed in our — and up until that stop, I wasn’t disappointed in that, in fact, I was energized by that, but disappointed up to that point.
REPORTER: But then after that, were you, I don’t know, surprised, amazed, what were you about the effort past that point?
COACH TRESSEL: It was what it ought to be and that should never surprise us. If that surprises us, then we’re in trouble.
REPORTER: How often do you have to go to that big halftime speech to get your guys motivated?
COACH TRESSEL: You only do what’s going on in the course of the moment, so you don’t sit there saying, okay, it’s game seven and I haven’t played that card because you can’t play a card. I mean, you have to react to what’s going on and, you know, typically what’s going on is that we’re playing near to our ability and we’re maybe not doing some little things, it’s atypical that we just weren’t ourselves.
REPORTER: I guess what I’m asking is you can’t give the big rousing halftime speech every week or it doesn’t work.
COACH TRESSEL: Well, if we’re not ourselves every week then there will be half the number of people at the press conference or twice as many when they get rid of you, but, you know, if you don’t play as good as you can play nearly all the time, you’re not going to have good teams.
REPORTER: Kind of along the lines of what you’re saying here, you’ve had some games this year where you guys really have taken care of business, maybe had some teams that you handled then you had games like Wisconsin, Penn State where the halves were so different, 10 games in, do you maybe have a little bit of a less of a handle sort of on this team than maybe you had in other seasons? It just seems that maybe this team’s a little harder to figure out 10 games into this year.
COACH TRESSEL: We’ve probably lost less games 10 games into the season other years I’ve been here.
REPORTER: Do you know what you’re going to get at Iowa?
COACH TRESSEL: Oh, no, you never know. I never know. I’ve never known what we were going to get anywhere and so often what happens early affects it. There’s one school of thought that, you know what, we went down so easy that first drive but came up short that was there this feeling that, oh, you know, this is going to be like a number of the other games, because emotion, thought process can turn any minute. So I’ve never known. If I thought I ever knew, I could write the story early, but you never know what you’re going to get. You never know what’s going to change the emotion of the game, that’s why we talk about special teams all the time. Nothing flips the emotion of the moment like a special teams play. Maybe only second is a turnover. And just turn on the Iowa Michigan State game, Michigan State’s a good team, they’ve lost one game. But they have three picks, two of them go one to the house and one way down there, all of a sudden they turn around and it’s 30-0 and they’re a good team.
REPORTER: It seems like second half defense and your running game were just lights out, and Terrelle was saying after the game he didn’t have a good game. Do you feel like you need him to get going for Iowa out there on the road?
COACH TRESSEL: Oh, we’re going to need everybody and for sure Terrelle, you know, I think as we’ve talked before Terrelle is such a perfectionist and the expectations that everyone has for him are perfection, that when he doesn’t get close to that, he is tough on himself, but he made some plays in that game that were certainly very, very important and there were some plays that he didn’t make, those are the ones that he’s most down about and on the road against Iowa every play we can possibly make we’ve got to make, which means one of them might be throwing it into the stands when it’s not open, but whatever it is we need done, east a big part of it.
REPORTER: Does Iowa’s loss change anything about this? Does it heighten the emotion for them a little bit more because they’re backed up against the wall perhaps a little bit more?
COACH TRESSEL: I’m not sure you could heighten this one any more or less. All summer long and all fall long people have circled this game. It’s not like, oh, who do we have this week. Oh, yeah. It’s — I mean, they know what this game, we know what this game is all about, so I don’t expect their loss or our win the past week to have much effect on that. I expect what goes on in the game will have the effect on the emotion of the game.
REPORTER: I think people have known about Adrian Clayborn and their defensive line all year, when you see them on film, what —
COACH TRESSEL: They’re so strong and they’re so technique sound. And their technique is a little different than some. They’re a little bit thicker on you, a little bit stronger on you as opposed to playing an edge and so it’s a little bit different technique that you’re facing and they’re not real tricky, although their front twists a lot and gives you a lot of problems, but they’re not really tricky. They’re just very, very powerful and very consistent. In games where you might have a seven-yard run, against them it’s three. You know, that’s just — look at their numbers. They’re very, very good.
REPORTER: When you’ve played higher ranked teams on the road with Terrelle at quarterback, he has the thrown for a lot of yards, is there a common denominator for that?
COACH TRESSEL: Yeah, usually higher ranked teams have better defenses, that’s the common denominator.
REPORTER: Is it the case you’re throwing less or what goes into that?
COACH TRESSEL: Higher ranked teams are usually very, very good up front and the key to the passing game is protection. Some higher ranked teams are high pressure teams, zone blitz teams, whatever and the circumstances — you watch a heavyweight bout, you don’t see a bunch of haymakers, you do a bunch of haymakers, you might get caught with one, so you put all those things together and you look at the Ravens against the Steelers, if it’s 10-7, it’s big, so that’s just — that’s real.
REPORTER: You touched on this a little bit ago about how important the start of the game may be. You were outscored in the first quarter, I believe, against Wisconsin, Penn State, Miami, being through the toughest schemes you guys have played, as you touched on, they bounced back from the Wisconsin loss.
COACH TRESSEL: And maybe Illinois.
REPORTER: Well, it was 7-7, but they scored the first touchdown. How important is it to get off to a good start, as you said, against Michigan State, they came back from a loss and were lights out. You’ve got to figure —
COACH TRESSEL: Oh, they’re going to be lights out. We can’t throw an interception for a touchdown and we won’t let a big pass go over our heads, so at the beginning of the game will be huge but the end of the game will be too, because if you remember a year ago we were up 24-10 with, what, 10 minutes to go in the game, so when you play a team like Iowa, you better understand it’s going to be three and a half hours, it may be more than 60 minutes, and it’s all going to be physical.
REPORTER: Your offensive line, talking to some of the guys they said they felt like they’ve been doing a good job in pass protection, not necessarily in run blocking, it seems like that’s changed a little bit, what have you seen out of your offensive line at this point?
COACH TRESSEL: I think the fact that we’re a little more balanced than maybe we were earlier, that helps both sides. That helps when the defense knows that you may run effectively, it’s a little harder just to pin their ears back and chase your passer. And if it’s a rundown situation, they know you might throw, they can’t play too low and root hog you out of there and not worry about if you stand up and throw, so I think that balance has helped that. But I think the experience of those guys playing together, they’ve now played really virtually a whole season. Together we’ve been lucky. We haven’t missed much practice time with those guys. Missed a little bit with J.B., but he seems to have come back a little bit and played the whole game without a problem on Saturday, so probably just the opposite of what we lived through last year wasn’t till about game nine or 10 where we felt like we had any continuity in there and communication and so forth. So I think they’re coming along.
REPORTER: Does the offensive line kind of walk with a different swagger when you are running the ball effectively? I mean, like Saturday you put 300 yards up rushing on Penn State. Does it change sort of their demeanor?
COACH TRESSEL: The two things that changed their demeanor, one is if you can rush the ball effectively and, two, if you end the day and there aren’t sacks, that’s a big deal. And to have both of those things come true on Saturday, will be a tremendous challenge because these folks get after the passer and they play the run — I think their numbers are what, 80 some yards a game, so Wisconsin ran it for 130, so that will be a great challenge. But, yeah, that’s what gives you satisfaction as a lineman, you can’t score touchdowns yourself or whatever, but how many yards did we rush for and were there any sacks.
REPORTER: A lot of people thought Clayborn might be the best defensive end in the country, one of the best with Cameron, is he having that kind of a year from what you’ve seen of him on tape?
COACH TRESSEL: Well, whenever you turn on the tape, there’s two people, there’s one chipping him, there’s another — whoever the uncovered lineman is going and helping on him, whatever it is. And he’s — it’s not like you make your game plan and you say, we’re not worried about 94, I mean, so, he still is one of the best defensive linemen in the country, as Cam is and J. J. Watt and we’ve got some good ones in this league.
REPORTER: Ricky Stanzi obviously didn’t get to play in the game last year against you guys, he’s cut down in the picks, just when you see him in the crossover film, what do you see out of film?
COACH TRESSEL: He’s experienced, he’s a fifth-year guy, played a lot of games. He talks a lot about how he’s changed the way that he studies and that he feels he’s got a lot better handle on things rather than just sitting and watching film and not tying it all together, he feels like he’s got a lot more, which, again, is experience. You do something for a while and you sit back and say, well, what did I get out of that, and you might memorize against this formation they do this, but you don’t even know what was going on in the game. As you listen, he’s really gained a command of what goes on in games and the flow and the anticipation. Anticipation is the key for the interception world and that’s been a big change for him.
REPORTER: It was a big week for former Buckeyes in the NFL.
COACH TRESSEL: Huge.
REPORTER: I know you don’t get a chance to sit around and watch a bunch of NFL games, but any reaction of Troy Smith or —
COACH TRESSEL: Well, Troy, I guess he had a heck of a game. I got a text from his quarterback coach saying, hey, he did a tremendous job and has done a great job leading. I was a little bit sad that Santonio — but it was kind of bittersweet. But we had like four guys on the Jets, so I couldn’t not be a little happy, but only a little. Someone said Kurt Coleman got a pick.
REPORTER: Interception last night, yeah. Brian Hartline big week.
COACH TRESSEL: Did he?
REPORTER: Jim, I wonder, as it comes down to the end of the year, kind of the BCS system is kind of a beauty pageant, Wisconsin scored 83 points Saturday, do style points matter at this point? Is it important enough for you guys to go to the Rose Bowl that anything would ever enter your head to do anything differently to try and —
COACH TRESSEL: If style points are important with what we have ahead, we’re in trouble because not going to be much style going on in the ball game we’re getting ready to play. So would that ever enter my thought? No. Well, I shouldn’t say that, because ever is a long time, but I can’t visualize it.
REPORTER: Do you talk about what needs to happen to go to the Rose Bowl or just —
COACH TRESSEL: I still don’t know the tiebreaker, because it’s irrelevant. We haven’t earned the right to even have it — its doesn’t mean anything to us because we haven’t tied for anything. So once the dust settles, we always say you get as your works deserve and whatever that is, we’ll go get ready for that.
REPORTER: Do you think Troy, if he ever got to be a starter in the NFL, would play like this? What were your thoughts about him? Obviously you know the Baltimore thing, a little bit of bad luck there when it was his shot.
COACH TRESSEL: It’s tough for me to project what they need at that level because I’ve never coached it, obviously never played it, so I really don’t know much about that level of football. When Troy had spent two years there at Baltimore, I had a chance to spend some time with Ozzie Newsome and he said to me, he said without question Troy was the finest natural leader that maybe he’d ever seen and that there was no doubt in his mind he was going to be a starter in the NFL. Of course they had just come off Flacko’s rookie year and they’d done okay, that type of thing, and he kind of inferred, but the problem is, it won’t be with us, we’re not going to be able to keep him.
So the fact that he got an opportunity at the right place, you’ve got to be lucky, and somebody gets hurt and you get a chance to show what you do, but you’ve got to show it next week we were sitting with our experts roundtable, this is kind of the big group, we had the experts together at lunch here and you’ve got to do it every week.
So, yeah, he’s done it for two weeks. The way this world works, you know, two weeks is fine, but if you mess up the third, you might — Alex Smith might be the quarterback. So I thought he had the arm. I knew he had the toughness. I knew he loved studying the game, he’d grown to enjoy that, and the rest is sometimes a little bit of luck here and there.
REPORTER: If you weren’t happy obviously at halftime with the way guys had played in the first half, what can coaches, players, do this week to prevent that from happening in the first half at Iowa? Is there anything in the approach or —
COACH TRESSEL: It’s all got to be done individually. I don’t know if it’s anything collectively you could do as a group. I’ve got to take the responsibility of having myself ready to do whatever it is that needs to be done as well as it needs to be done against some very, very good people and bring along with it the emotion that needs to be there, because if you don’t have that, it’s not going to happen. So I think you can encourage one another. I think you can make one another accountable and all those things, but ultimately I hope we have a group of individuals that collectively bring it, and that’s why they T them up every week. What was it, the Cowboys got beat by whatever and then they come back and beat the Giants who are killing people, now how do you figure that one out, in fact it makes me nervous, they fire the head coaches and then the teams win.
REPORTER: Have you got Donnie Evege back in the line-up?
COACH TRESSEL: He’s back practicing some, but not live.
REPORTER: What’s the time period? Will he get back for Michigan maybe?
COACH TRESSEL: I doubt it. I doubt it.
REPORTER: Any other injury updates.
COACH TRESSEL: No, we’re good. Clay?
REPORTER: Pink locker rooms are an old story there, do they still do that?
COACH TRESSEL: Yeah.
REPORTER: Are you hanging wallpaper to take care of it?
COACH TRESSEL: I think they used to do that in the old days. Bosick was saying they used to hide the stuff to hang. They’ve renovated their stadium and the locker rooms are nice, but they are a different shade and that’s one of the old tradition things that it was done so long ago that I’m not sure that the people that are there now had much to do with it nor are they going to change that tradition, but last time we were there, I didn’t notice it as a problem. Now, maybe two times ago that was the problem, I don’t know, but I’d like to think that won’t be the problem. All right, Natalie, next to last.
REPORTER: Getting ready to hit the road, fourth time, kind of looking at so far when this team what traveled, you’ve talked about things that need to happen, is there anything you’ve been able to see so far that can’t happen if you want to walk away from Iowa City with a win?
COACH TRESSEL: We always say when you go on the road that you better have superior special teams and if you think about our road situation, when we were at Illinois, there were really no special teams issues that caused us to not be successful. We didn’t really spark ourselves with the special teams, but we were solid. Then you go to Wisconsin, we have a punt return that sets up the second touchdown after the kickoff return, missed the field goal and we could have brought it back and so forth, then you go to Minnesota, they start off by pooch kicking and our guys read it and adjusted their return, changed their return while the ball was in flight and we split it and we’re out across the 50 and we go down and score, we block a punt for a touchdown, and it’s not just us. Wisconsin fakes a punt against Iowa when they’re the road team. That was the difference in the game. That was an even game with Iowa probably really outplaying them until that moment. Somebody else, who was it, Michigan State threw the ball up in the air, I don’t know if that have home or away, but when you’re on the road, you better play solid in your special teams to give yourselves a chance. Now, that doesn’t guarantee anything, but you can almost guarantee that if you play poorly in the special teams that you’re not going to be successful on the road. Lori?
REPORTER: You’ve played against some teams this year that either because of coaching changes or just because it’s part of their philosophy or a little bit unpredictable and then Iowa’s sort of the opposite of that, I think you’ve described them in the past as being a team that just lines up and plays.
COACH TRESSEL: Yeah.
REPORTER: And I’m wondering which is the more difficult to prepare for, because should Iowa throw something at you that you don’t expect it’s really going to come, mixing metaphors, but out of left field.
COACH TRESSEL: Well, how is that mixing metaphors, two different sports?
REPORTER: Two different sports.
COACH TRESSEL: I got you. Good. I learned something. This late in the year, if they came with something new, it would probably be something we’ve experienced. If you were opening with them and you spent the whole spring and the whole preseason playing against what they do and they came out totally different, it might shock you. They won’t. They do what they do and they do it so well. They believe in it. Their players believe in it. They’re very, very physical at what they do and the schemes back that. They want to be a balanced offense and they’ve probably, over the past couple years, gotten more balanced, and so they’re not going to change. Now, they may change a little play they run because of what people are doing against them or they — in ’06 they blitzed us a lot more than they ever did. They came after us pretty good, but it was within their system. It wasn’t as if they’d never run those blitzes, they just did their blitzes rather than eight percent of the time they did it 15 percent of the time and it felt like they were blitzing every down, that’s what you admire about them, that’s what you admire about Penn State, that’s why you come out, we got behind Penn State and that wasn’t a shock to me that we were behind Penn State, Penn State plays their defense, they play their offense, they do what they do, they’re very capable as anyone else is, they have good athletes. How we were behind was a little bothersome, but scheme-wise, the good teams, they’re going to do what they do, and Iowa will do that. (Players)
REPORTER: How often do you think about the kick last year?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Well, it was definitely a surreal moment for me, I’ll always remember it. It was a year ago, the stakes of the game were pretty high. Its wasn’t just to win the game, it was for the Big Ten Championship and go to the Rose Bowl, so, yeah, absolutely for me it was a great moment and I’ll always remember it.
REPORTER: How do you do you feel you’re performing this year? I know you’d like to have every kick, but it seems like you’re having a pretty solid year?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Like you said, I’d like to make every kick, so with that being said, I’d say I’m relatively pleased with the way the way things are going, but like you said I’d like it to be perfect if at all possible.
REPORTER: What have you heard about Iowa’s atmosphere for conditions?
DEVIN BARCLAY: I honestly don’t know anything about Iowa, the state or just anything to be honest. I know that they have a pink locker room, that’s about it. It’s going to be probably hostile, so — but that’s the road games in the Big Ten.
REPORTER: What’s your reaction to the pink?
DEVIN BARCLAY: I have a pink shirt.
REPORTER: This team’s had a couple slow starts this year at Wisconsin or the game last week, does that — should that concern anybody, going to a big game like this or is it just something that happen at times or what should people think of that?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Well, it is November for us, so it’s obviously coming down to the most important games of the season for us, you know, anytime you go on the road in the Big Ten it’s going to be a challenge and then with Iowa, it’s going to be no different, it’s going to be similar to Wisconsin, similar to Penn State, we’ve just got to come out and play our game and I think the rest will take care of itself.
REPORTER: You talked about last year you clearly knew what was on the line for the Iowa game, this time of year a year later, it’s really unknown, what’s your outlook in terms of what’s at stake? What’s your mindset the last for the last two games?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Well, I just think for us it’s just important that we come out ready to go and not flat, not like Wisconsin or this last weekend, I think we do our best and we come out ready to play and we set the tone right away, that makes a big difference with us in terms of the way we play the game. So I think that’s the most important thing and then obviously just executing throughout the whole game, taking care of our job individually and as a team, I think we’ll be fine.
REPORTER: Where would you guys like to go bowl-wise, do you have any preferences or ideas? You know what I mean?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Yeah. I don’t know, obviously every team wants to go to the National Championship, so to say that that’s not still in the back of everybody’s minds, that’s not true. I think everybody wants that at the end of the day, but who’s to say what results are going to take care of themselves and I think the most important thing for us is just winning these last two games.
REPORTER: Is it safe to say that even as you were playing a game at a time that this was always kind of on the radar, you knew this was kind of waiting out there?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Yeah, definitely a game we were always aware of, we had a period in camp where we were preparing for each one of these games, studying them, anytime you have to go on the road and play these tough teams, you really need to be, I think, even more focused than when you’re at home. So for us it’s just really important to know what the stakes are and do our part, come out ready to play and I think we’ll be fine.
REPORTER: Which games were they? Every day you do a game?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Yeah, every day we would focus on a team, that was over spring ball and then in camp as well, and then we went down to Xenia to prepare for those road games, which really, it was tough conditions down there, but nowhere near what you’ll really face on the road, so I think just being aware of that makes you get focused in on what you’ve got to do.
REPORTER: Did you ever find out who got your name?
DEVIN BARCLAY: I have no idea. Yeah, I have no idea, it was one of those last-minute jersey changes because Dane wears 12 and I had to switch to 23. You guys have got to talk to Lou about that one.
REPORTER: What do you think the people in Iowa think when they hear the name Devin Barclay these days given what happened last year?
DEVIN BARCLAY: I don’t know.
REPORTER: Do you think they know? They remember you?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Yeah, I don’t know what it’s going to be like. I mean, as far as I know, I might be one of the most hated people there, and that’s fine with me. It’s Iowa, so, you know, I don’t really know what to expect at all.
REPORTER: As an athlete, for a team like Iowa to have had such a tough loss in overtime here last year, what do you think their players are feeling entering this game, do you think that’s a big motivator this week?
DEVIN BARCLAY: I’m sure. I’m sure they don’t forget that kind of stuff. I don’t know if it’s going to be taken out on me in particular. Maybe. I don’t know. But I think they absolutely remember last year and that’s definitely going to be something that motivates them to play even harder than maybe normal.
REPORTER: Devin, a lot of athletes face a moment of truth, was that a moment of truth for you, that field goal so much on the line and what did you get out of just that experience of knowing you made it, confidence-wise, et cetera, what did that do for you?
DEVIN BARCLAY: For me personally, it was definitely an experience that helped me grow and have a lot of confidence in my football ability, because really that was my second football game ever, so I really learned a lot about what I was capable of doing and obviously being put under those — with the game on the line, I guess as a kicker, you’ve got to be ready for those pressure situations, like, I can honestly say, you know, it doesn’t get much more pressure-filled than that, but it could this weekend. You know, it could any other game. So with having dealt with a situation like that, I feel more confident knowing that that might come down to it.
REPORTER: How many times have you seen the clip?
DEVIN BARCLAY: I think my mom probably watches it every day, but I’ve watched it maybe a few times. I don’t know, it was last year, you know. When you look back on it, like a couple times after the season, it was cool to relive, but it doesn’t really do anything for me now.
REPORTER: Devin, as someone clearly understands what needs to happen on kickoffs, what did Drew and the rest of the kickoff coverage do better last week that they seemed to take such a big step forward?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Well, obviously it starts with the kick. The kicks were deeper, higher, better. Our get-offs were good. I think that the guys were flying down, everybody wanted to make a tackle as opposed to — because if one guy takes a break, you know, you usually get exposed, especially on the kickoff, so I think we had hungry guys in there that wanted to prove that they could do that and that’s not a weak point for us.
REPORTER: Did you see something in Dorian Bell especially being able to get back out there, he seemed to be leading charge like he hadn’t been doing before?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Dorian was fantastic making tackles, I think they double teamed him as a couple points but it helps to have somebody like him back, absolutely, very aggressive and that’s what you need on those.
REPORTER: Devin, up in Block O, every time you go to kick a field goal or an extra point, they do that ole’, ole’, ole’, do you hear that?
DEVIN BARCLAY: Yeah, that’s pretty cool. The first time they did it, Joe Bauserman, my holder, was grinning at me right before I’m about to kick and I’m thinking, stop, you’re going to make me laugh, I’ve got to make this kick. So that’s really cool. I love that. That’s fantastic.
REPORTER: Does it bring you back to being in soccer, all those kids up there, the students recognize where you’ve been and what you’ve done?
DEVIN BARCLAY: It’s touching. It’s cool that they realize that and appreciate that and it means a lot to me. I think that’s fantastic to combine the two sports a little bit, bring soccer into football at the ‘Shoe is kind of cool.
REPORTER: DeVier, there was a lot of talk with Coach Tressel earlier about you guys at times getting off to a slow start, I don’t know what you can do to prevent it, but do you guys recognize that? Do you talk about that, about how to avoid that?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know how you avoid it. I mean, I know before the game, guys seemed like they were fired up, ready to go. I don’t know if it’s a play that does that to you or I don’t really know how to avoid it, I don’t have a formula for it.
REPORTER: On the flip side, you guys always counter punch, it seems, is that part of your personality on this team?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know, maybe we play better fighting uphill, I don’t know. I really don’t have an answer, and I’m kind of stumped on that question.
REPORTER: Is it easier than not to think about what’s at stake here or since you’re a football team and you’re well aware of this stuff, what all is out there?
DEVIER POSEY: Yeah, I think it’s really easy to forget about all that, just being at Ohio State, you have such high expectations and I don’t know if you guys heard the boos at halftime, I don’t know, I mean, it’s just how Ohio State fans are. It’s just how college football is. You have high expectations, especially putting on a Scarlet and Gray jersey and it’s kind of hard to — I mean, it’s kind of easy to forget about all that stuff because for me and for us, it’s just a game that we play, football is a game that we love and I’ve been playing it since kindergarten every fall, so I don’t know, it’s just a game.
REPORTER: It’s kind of like, if you win, you’re still in the hunt for BCS, you’re still in the hunt for Big Ten title, but if you lose, you could drop almost to the middle or the back in the Big Ten or at least third or fourth anyway. Have you thought very much about this, just what’s riding on the game?
DEVIER POSEY: No, I really don’t. We have a lot riding on it each week. You could ask me the same question last week. I don’t know, I mean, we just really want to come out and just play and losing is really not in our mind. We focus on each play and we just want to win each play one at a time.
REPORTER: You guys talk a lot about running the ball in November, we saw a lot of that last year. How confident do you feel, if you have to go into this game this weekend and throw the ball a lot, how do you think that would go?
DEVIER POSEY: I think it would go well. Iowa’s game plan is going to be to stop Boom and stop our running game so we better make sure we have both prepared. To me it really doesn’t matter, whichever one works. I don’t mean blocking in football, if a kid runs his butt off, Terrelle runs his butt off, guys line Zach Boren, if they get the opportunity, they’ll do the same thing, but whichever formula is working, whichever gets us a W at the end.
REPORTER: When you think of what Terrelle’s been able to do, is there a game that sticks out in your mind?
DEVIER POSEY: This season?
REPORTER: Just in his career.
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know. I mean, I’m trying to think back. I really can’t recall a game where we had a perfect performance to Coach Tressel’s standards or Coach Siciliano’s standards. I really think that he played well —
REPORTER: How about the Rose Bowl?
DEVIER POSEY: Yeah, the Rose Bowl was a good game, but I’m trying to think more this season. I don’t know, I mean, I really feel like he hasn’t played up to his potential or his ability. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean that in a way, that kid has so much ability in his body that you guys don’t even realize. He runs a four-three. He’s six-six. He can throw the ball, and, I don’t know, I mean, I really don’t know what a perfect game for a guy like that is. I guess he’d have to rush for, you know, 15 yards every play, complete every single pass, score every drive for you guys to say he had a perfect game. But I mean, he’s a kid, he’s not going to play perfect and we understand that, and that’s just football, that’s the game. Tom Brady throws interceptions too and, I don’t know, but I feel like he holds himself to higher standards like that and he wants to have perfect games and he wants to throw every ball perfectly and, I don’t know, I mean, just like me, I want to catch every pass, but that’s just not football, it’s not a perfect game.
REPORTER: How do you feel like you’re playing, DeVier? Just kind of rate your performance.
DEVIER POSEY: I think I’m playing within our scheme. Ohio State — I’m at Ohio State. It’s just how things go here. I know in November we’re first team and I’m fine with that, and I don’t mind blocking, I don’t mind getting out there and getting my hands dirty and I feel like I’ve been playing pretty good.
REPORTER: You mentioned the boos, what was your reaction to that?
DEVIER POSEY: I didn’t actually know until you guys told me after the game. My reaction after the game was, well, I really wasn’t surprised, that’s Ohio State it’s just our fans, they’re pretty spoiled, and we’ve got guys like Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce and Coach Tressel, those guys get a chance to spoil you.
REPORTER: Can you walk us through what happened at halftime, what Coach Tressel said?
DEVIER POSEY: I really can’t repeat that. He got pretty animated. He definitely, you know, spilled his heart out to us and he challenged us, he challenged us to go out there the first play, you know, the kickoff team to make an impression and defense to get a stop and once we got the ball back in the huddle, he was like, you know, we had those — we had that penalty and then we had another penalty, but his attitude didn’t change. His eyebrows didn’t go up. They were still down. And he was like, well, let’s just make the drive a little bit longer. And as offense, we didn’t really get discouraged by the penalty. I think B jumped offsides. I knew we had to go a couple more yards to get a score.
REPORTER: Were you surprised or shocked by the way he acted?
DEVIER POSEY: No, it was no surprise. Most of the time he comes in the locker room, but he was just — his heel didn’t stop moving and he was shaking his leg. I knew he had something to say. I just didn’t know what it was going to be. He definitely got our team fired up and I think we needed that.
REPORTER: You said you needed that, is there any part of you that’s disappointed that this team, this late in the year, would have needed that in a big game like that, or does that just happen sometimes and maybe you come out, you don’t play a good half and you need a push or should this team be past that point where you need coach to get on you a little bit?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t really think that’s the point. I don’t really think that’s the case. I’m pretty sure if Chip Kelly probably were in the locker room at that point, he’d probably do the same thing. I just think that’s football, you know. Halftime speech is a part of the game and we needed a really motivational one at that point. But at that time in the game, nobody on our team felt like it was out of reach that bad.
I felt like we were there before this season. Wisconsin, I think it was 21-3 at half, and we came back out and made a surge back towards them and I felt like, everyone in the locker room knew that we could do that again, but I guess Wisconsin going out and trying to do that in the second half and us failing allowed us to succeed this time.
REPORTER: Just to be clear, DeVier, are you not repeating the halftime speech because you’re trying to keep it private or are you implying the language was a little bit salty?
DEVIER POSEY: You can make a guess on that yourself.
REPORTER: You were talking about Terrelle earlier, talking about what standards he holds himself to, do you feel like that holds him back at all because he cares so much and tries too hard at times? Do you ever feel like that’s sometimes a problem or not a good thing?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know. I really don’t know. Anytime we’ve got a guy like that, I mean, even me, myself, I mean, we want to be perfect. We have standards here we want to live up to, you know, what people say, and do what yourself is able to do. I don’t know if it holds you back, but I feel like more than anything it keeps you motivated.
REPORTER: Terrelle coming back his senior season, what’s your reaction to that and are you coming back?
DEVIER POSEY: No, I’m not surprised. I really would love for him to come back. That’s definitely one of my goals and definitely on my agenda to come back. Me and him always sit down and talk about creating a legacy here, being able to, I say, live in Columbus forever, not physically, but be able to, when people see 2 jersey, they think about Terrelle, Number 8 jersey, they think about me. I don’t know how to create that, but we probably need a senior season just to catch that off and I think coming in as a freshman, me being able to see guys like Laurinaitis and Robiskie, Hartline being a fifth-year guy, seeing the maturity, seeing how they handled football, they come into the Woody with a business-like attitude and I’m not sure that we have that, per se, now, but I mean, I don’t know what happens between your junior year and senior year, but those guys had it and they got it, and being able to see that and witness that, and see guys like Malcolm Jenkins on his four-year plan, I don’t know, you kind of want to be a part of that. You get to see the things that our seniors get to do. To be a captain around here is pretty amazing. I don’t know, going into the NFL, you’d have to give all that stuff up. It’s a decision that he’s made and it’s a decision that I’ll have to make in a couple weeks and I don’t know, I’ll just think my way into it.
REPORTER: Will you test the waters, at least put your papers in with the draft committee to see where your stock is at?
DEVIER POSEY: Definitely that’s on my agenda I’m sure all the guys like Brewster, Mike Adams, and Boom, I’m definitely put my papers in too just to see what’s going on, but, like I was telling Dom before, you know, when you get to the NFL, it’s the pinnacle, that’s the last level of football. I don’t know how much of a rush I am to get into that, to be almost done with the game, any injury, if anything happens, be able to leave all this comradery I have, all my best friends, guys that I’ve been through so much with, that’s kind of hard to give up.
REPORTER: After you and Terrelle hooked up on that deep ball in that series, did you maybe think this is going to get the passing game going, we’re really going to be able to throw the ball today? Did you feel like this might be a big throwing game for us after you guys did that off the bat?
DEVIER POSEY: Definitely. I hope for a big throwing day every Saturday. That’s just my position. I don’t know, I definitely thought like that play would be one that would help the game and maybe another big play, a big passing play would help the game like last year and we had one in the fourth quarter, the one I tipped to Dane, anytime you feel like a running game, Penn State, or the ball is going to be ran, that’s just the game, between the two schools, but anytime you can get a momentum changing pass, that helps out a lot.
REPORTER: What did you think about the tipped play to Dane when you watched it on film?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know, I really couldn’t see. I remember like, in my mind, I felt a guy on my back and I saw somebody closing in on me so I thought, well, I’ll just jump and try to catch it. And I jumped and had my hand on it and the guy smacked it out and I fell, and as soon as I hit the ground, I just heard a roar, and I was just like, I know I’m not at Penn State right now. So I got up and I saw Dane in the end zone with the ball, I didn’t know what happened. While we were celebrating in the end zone, I was looking up at the screen to catch the replay.
REPORTER: Has Terrelle talked at all, have you all given him any grief about, you need to match Cam Newton, everybody is talking about you and Cam Newton, you look alike, do you bring that up at all? Is he aware of everyone making that comparison?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know, we joked about a guy that looks exactly like Terrelle, they wear the same wristbands in the same place, the same shirts under their jersey, that’s about as far as it goes.
REPORTER: Do you think he could be that kind of player? Could Terrelle play like Cam Newton?
DEVIER POSEY: I really don’t know. They’re two different players and I really just see the good stuff that Cam Newton does, I just see the ESPN highlights and I bet there are some guys that just see the good stuff Terrelle does, they just see the highlights. I really don’t know what he does good and what he does bad and it’s really hard for me to compare the two, I don’t really get to study other than in our film room.
REPORTER: What do you know about Iowa?
DEVIER POSEY: They’re a good team. They’re a senior-led group. I know those guys don’t have amnesia, they remember the last time we went against them. They remember the Barclay kick and just stepping in their shoes a little bit they probably felt like we slipped away with an easy one, slipped away with a win because Ricky Stanzi got hurt the week before we played them and the running back got hurt as well, so they probably feel like they’re at full power now and just stepping in their shoes, they probably feel like they can beat us, on their home turf and it’s going to be a good game. They’re not going to let us just come in there and roll over them so we know we’re going up there for a battle.
REPORTER: Can you talk about the exhilaration of Barclay’s kick last year?
DEVIER POSEY: I don’t know, I just thought my prayers were answered that night right before that kick. I just remember being on one knee right after that. After our defense got a stop, I kind of expected that Coach Bollman went would just run the ball, take it down and make sure the ball was in the middle of the field. Barclay, that kick is like a lay-up for him, he’s made it a hundred times during camp and I just remember storming the field and having a lot of emotions going through my body that night, it was a great feeling.