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Oct. 19, 2004

Branden Joe, senior running back
On the challenge of overcoming an 0-3 start in the Big Ten
“We’re grateful for each day and we’re thankful for the challenge. We just have to take it one day at a time.”

On the team’s confidence
“Confidence is built on production, but like the statistics say we haven’t been as productive as we would have liked. But we feel do feel confident in what we are doing and feel like we have been practicing with great intensity, so we just need to carry over what we do in practice into the game.”

On the offensive production
“A win is a win. It’s a team sport. We’ve had enough offense to win 30 games the last three years and had one of the best receivers in Ohio State history in Michael Jenkins.”

On the seniors addressing the media Tuesday
“We’re all adults here and we can take responsibility for how the season has gone so far. Obviously it’s not going the way we would have liked, but it’s not over. We still have a lot of work to do this season, that’s why we’re sitting here.”

Lydell Ross, senior running back
On the team’s confidence
“I think the confidence is there. Everybody on this team wants to get better and we are getting better. With the talent that we have on this team, things are going to turn around. We need to limit our mistakes and things will begin to open up.”

Dustin Fox, senior cornerback
On the defensive unit
“When we watch the game film we really are not playing that bad. We are just making one or two critical errors that are killing us defensively. Sometimes the best way to eliminate mistakes is with effort.”

On improving in practice
“We can get better – the talent is there and we had a good practice today, which I think set the tone for the rest of the week.” On the Iowa game
“I thought we played hard on Saturday. It did not feel like things were falling apart, we just have to create some consistency.”

Simon Fraser, senior defensive end
On senior leadership
“This is our team. The captains and the 18 seniors. We handle the successes and the down periods of this team. It is our job to go out with the right mindset and portray that to the media, fans and the people who support this program. We represent this team and will lead it in our turn around.”

On defensive preparation for opponents the last three weeks
“In the past we faced different styles of offenses with different types of quarterbacks. We have a different design each week and game plan for situations teams will put us in. It comes down to executing the right calls and right assignments. We have some younger guys on this defense and they may be seeing the field for the first time. They need to know they are out there for a reason. They have shown the team and the coaching staff that they belong out there. We are most successful when we fly to the football. The confidence to play that way comes with experience at times. It comes down to eliminating the mistakes and big plays.”

On what a possible win over Indiana would do for the team
“It would be a step in the right direction. They are a solid team. They went to Oregon and beat them in a tough environment. They are coming off a bye week to prepare for us and they will most definitely be ready. We have to focus on our responsibilities and get this season headed back in the right direction. A win over Indiana would get us back on track and hopefully would have a snowball effect from there.”

Mike Nugent, senior placekicker
On chasing the all-time points record at Ohio State
“I think it would be a great accomplishment. If you think about it, if it happens I would have to score a lot more points. That would be a good sign that our offense would be doing a good job.”

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