On improvements since spring:
“I think the guys are starting to feel more confident. I think our guys really focus on little things that need to be cleaned up. The goal is that at the end of the year you’re playing your best football.”
On Malik Harrison:
“Malik has the chance to be one of the best in the country. He’s got to exercise that ability every day. Every game he’s in there he’s got to make his play speaks for itself. It really comes to down to effort, and he’s given great effort.”
On receivers and Chris Olave’s development:
“He’s a very explosive receiver and he’s very consistent. He practices really hard and he wants to get better everyday. The younger guys understand that there is a lot of room to grow and develop their skills. The older guys are mentoring them. It’s making for a very strong unit.”
On the message of improving every week:
“The team feels like we’ve been improving each and every week. We also feel like our ceiling’s very high. Looking at film and seeing the mistakes we made during the game, it just gets us more excited…If we clean all those other things up, then the sky is the limit.”
On being further along in his development than expected:
“I knew when I came in here with the mindset that I have to do everything I can to be the best player I can be. I’m just so glad to be in the place I am right now.”
On being a part of this defense compared to last year’s defense:
“We’re having fun and we’re having fun playing together. You actually enjoy going through the grind together. You make so many unique memories.”
On how well the team is stopping the run:
“We play a lot of football in practice. We do a lot of one-on-one, two-on-two. It’s one of those things when you got the best on the best, it allows you to simulate the game the best that you possibly can. I feel like we’re prepared going into a lot of those situations.”
On Brandon Bowen:
“I feel like we’re getting better as the weeks go on. We’re meshing really well. It’s very fluid. We’re on the same page as far as every play goes.”
On gaining confidence:
“We got just as much confidence as we need right now to continue on. It’s really because of how hard we work. We knew it was going to pay off.”
On Coach Day getting hyped on big plays:
“It’s motivating. You want to do it again and make him hype again. It’s a lot of fun out there.”
On Damon Arnette’s interception:
I felt like I had just had a pick-6 when he ran it back…I watched that play probably 30-40 times.
We don’t take any team lightly. We just attack every team the same, so the outcome is just based on how we work each week.
On how he measures improvements in route running:
If you got separation between you and the DB, that dictates how open you are. In the offseason, that’s what I worked on. I got to keep attacking it. It all starts in practices. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, just working on that, and then on Saturday, it will just come easy.
I think they’re hungry. They’re tough with guys from Ohio and they’re going to play that way. I mean, we get everybody’s best shot.
On the versatility of the tight end group:
I think with us especially, you do have to respect the passing game and the run game. You know with protections, there are so many things we can do off of that. I don’t think we’re limited by any means.
On the defense’s mindset toward defending third downs:
We’re just trying to get a three-and-out. Every time we go out there, we’re just trying to get the offense out there, let them score, then come back with another three-and-out. That’s our goal. These last three games, I think every first series was straight three-and-out.
On whether this defense is back to the traditional “Ohio State Defense:”
We still have a chip on our shoulder. We can never just let up. Even after these first three games, we still got to get better. We’re not even playing our best ball yet.
On the depth of the tight end room:
Splitting it four ways is good for us. We’re just putting more playmakers on the field. Just like the wide receivers, everybody can make plays. Having that package, putting more tight ends on the field so we can have the opportunity to make plays.
On not having a catch this season:
That’s not frustrating. If I got frustrated, I’d be selfish. And I’m a team player. I can’t be selfish. That would mess up my mindset, mess up my self-talk. I just got to go out there and do what I can to help the team.
On Like Farrell’s role in the room:
Without Luke, I feel like I would not be able to get better. He challenges me just like I challenge him. Having him in that room, we just feed off each other and get better every day.