September 23, 2017

Postgame Player Quotes from Ohio State/UNLV

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Sept. 23, 2017

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J.T. Barrett, Ohio State graduate quarterback
On what the team did best in the win
“I think it was tempo. That was something we talked about last week. We had good tempo at some times, but we are still addressing that and pushing that because that is a weapon we can use.”

Damon Webb, Ohio State senior cornerback
On the defense going into Big Ten play
“I still feel like we are one of the best defenses in the country. We are trying to get better and better as the week goes on. That’s what our coaches tell us – to worry about us, it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State freshman quarterback
On his touchdown pass to Saunders
“I didn’t even know I threw a touchdown until after it happened. But once we scored and I got back to the sideline, it was a pretty special moment.”

C.J. Saunders, Ohio State junior wide receiver
On his readiness to play a major role
“I was going to every game, just hoping to get that opportunity. The coaches always talk about competitive excellence and being ready when your number’s called.” On how to improve for future games
“I’m just trying to keep working and get better every single week. I do whatever the coach says and whatever the weight staff says.”

Malik Harrison, Ohio State sophomore linebacker
On how the team prepared for UNLV
“No matter who the opponent is, we come out the same way. Coach Meyer never coaches differently based on the team.” On his role with the team
“This week I played the nickel. It’s a package that seems to work. Chris Worley is out there and I’m number two. I feel comfortable there.”

Nick Bosa, Ohio State sophomore defensive end
On his ability
“I’m always focusing on what I have to do to improve in my position. I’m in the fi lm room every day focusing on how I can improve. I’m close, but I still have a lot to work on. “

Parris Campbell, Ohio State junior wide receiver
On improvements on the offense this week
“It’s huge to be able to see our guys go out and make plays. It’s huge for J.T. (Barrett) to have confi dence in us, to know that we can constantly make those plays. We just have to continue to keep pushing.”

UNLV Postgame Quotes

Tony Sanchez, UNLV Head Coach
On how does this team compare to a team like San Jose State?
“We won’t play a faster team(OSU), especially in all three phases. This is the fastest team you’ll see. No team we play is going to run on all three phases the way these guys run. And nobody is going to have the depth these guys have.”

On if it’s easier or difficult to get players minds into the game with an environment like this?
“I think it’s all about approach, it’s all about messaging, and I think we’ve done a good job at that. I don’t think the environment had anything to do with the outcome today. Our guys did a pretty good job of being focused. Coming out, I don’t think the noise really affected them on the fi eld.”

Javin White, UNLV linebacker and defensive back
Reaction on today’s loss
“At the end of the day, it’s a loss for the team. It’s all about the team. Regardless of what I do, what Armani does, if it doesn’t help us win, it doesn’t matter. We need to win. Winning is our main objective. Everybody goes into a game talking about winning, so regardless of how the stat sheet looks, what matters is the game defi ning as a win or loss”

Armani Rogers, UNLV quarterback
On the atmosphere in Ohio Stadium
“It was loud, but I expected it to be louder. Once you get going in the game, the sound kind of dies out because you’re just so in tune to the game. You don’t really pay attention to the noise. After that, you just go out there, have fun and keep the chains rolling.”

On the challenge with the size of Ohio State’s defensive line
“I’m a big guy, and they were some big guys too out there. With them being as tall as me, I had to make a couple jump passes to get the ball over the defenders’ heads. I had to just go out there and make certain types of passes that I wasn’t quite used to with playing against shorter defenders. It just tested out my athleticism and caused me to use some different techniques.”