On fall camp so far:
I had a good feeling we would be deep this year and I haven’t been disappointed. I have four tackles that could start anywhere in this league…[They’re] as good as ever. I’m so excited about these guys and that’s what you should have. We’re building the depth to where it should be at Ohio State.
On keeping the group focused:
I want them to feel like they have to do their jobs right now. I want them to focus on what they need to do every day and get better.
On fall camp so far:
Day by day, we’re coming together. We’re not where we want to be but we’re making progress every day.
On competing within the program:
Practices here are 10 times harder than games because of the expectations here. Even if you’re a freshman coming in, you can’t drop that ball…I’m focusing on becoming a true student of the game. Watching video and truly being able to better my technique.
On how he’s feeling heading into the season:
I personally think I’m ready to go. It’s about knocking the rust off…all about repetition. Tackle is my natural position and I feel better there then at guard. I feel fast and strong.
On being back in camp:
It feels amazing being around the guys and Coach Day. It’s my happy place…I’m used to seeing them [my teammates] everyday, clowning around with them and I couldn’t do that.
On the DL depth:
It’s a show. We all bring a different tempo and swag, so you don’t know what you’re going to get. I personally like it because it puts pressure on us to go out there and play.
On sharing his mental health story:
For me, it’s been an uphill battle for the majority of my life. I didn’t understand the magnitude of mental health until I got older…[Speaking about the tragedies over the weekend] it was good moment for me to reach out to my community and other communities, and use my platform to speak out about it.
On the OL’s competitiveness:
I’m trying to be ready when my number is called. You have to be familiar and have chemistry with everyone on the team. [As for the competitiveness] a lot of it has to deal with the brotherhood in the room and not wanting to let the guy next to you down. That’s showing through. You have to come ready to go every day. It’s the nature of the program.
On the team’s motivation this year:
We’re already playing aggressive like we have something to prove. It’s going to be very competitive. We have a lot of guys who can play and we have depth. We all have something to prove. The young guys are pushing the old guys. But at the end of the day, we all want each other to succeed.
On his personal goals this year:
I feel like I haven’t played to my potential yet and a lot to still prove on the field. I’m ready to show what I got. You don’t want to come into a program as just another player. I want to leave a legacy and that’s what I’m working toward.
On what he needs to do during camp:
I need to show them I can do it and do it consistently. I need to show them that I’m that guy. I always feel like I need to pick it up. Every day is competing with the best. We have a great group of guys…Once you’re out of the film room, it’s about going out, doing it, and getting through those ups and downs.