Aug. 14, 2000

%^$Junior Defensive Tackle Ryan Pickett
%^$”Everybody wants to forget about last season and has worked as hard as they could this summer so we won’t have another season like that. Everyone put themselves on track-everyone had the same goals [this summer] and everyone still has the same goals.”%^$

%^$”This summer we worked on a lot of things like pass rushing and I think we’re ready.”%^$

%^$Head Coach John Cooper
%^$”Three-a-days drag at times but as coaches we can’t let that happen. When you work with a lot of%^$ players like we’re doing and throw a lot at them, obviously you’re going to have some surprises, you’re%^$ going to have some disappointments. I’ve been at it long enough to know that this time of year you%^$ just keep plugging along.”%^$

%^$ “We haven’t made too many changes offensively. We’re just trying to do the little things a little%^$ better-protect the football, block a little better, tackle a little better than we did a year ago.”%^$

%^$ “The mood right now is this is a necessary evil you have to go through. Nobody likes three-a-day%^$ practice sessions. It gets hot, you get tired and you start feeling a little bit sorry for yourself. Some%^$ of the young pups are away from home for the first time, going through that period of being homesick,%^$ but that’s the price you pay playing football for Ohio State.”%^$

%^$ “I don’t get too high on them until they put the pads on. Sometimes a guy looks good running around%^$ without pads but football’s a contact sport. We’ll find out who can play when we start scrimmaging.”