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Buckeyes Brian Hartline and Austin Spitler speak to the media after Jim Tressel’s weekly press luncheon

Brian Hartline, sophomore wide receiver
On Illinois
“Last year we got lazy when we went in there and they caught us sleeping. After last year, our respect for them is really high. Their defense can give you a lot of looks, so you have to be alert and be ready for anything.”

On the difference between the team this and last year
“The main difference is that we didn’t get a lot of respect this season. This year we’ve had to prove it, and we’re still proving things. It’s nice to know we control our destiny but we still have business to take care of.”

On Illinois head coach Ron Zook
“I think Ron Zook is a great coach. Illinois hasn’t had the tradition of being an established football power, so what he has done there has been great. I have all the respect for the coaches and players at Illinois.”

Austin Spitler, sophomore linebacker
On his role on the team
“I try to contribute as much as I can. We say that special teams will win national championships and so I work really hard on that aspect. As far as defense is concerned, I try to make as many plays as I can when I’m in.”

On the team’s growth throughout the season
“In the beginning, we didn’t know what to expect. As a team, we have come a long ways in every aspect of the game. When watching the tape from the first week and now this week, we can really see how much we’ve grown.”

On Illinois
“Their offense is the real deal. They are explosive and their big play makers and are rolling on all cylinders. The team has come a long way and it is going to be a great game.”