Senior safety Jermale Hines stopped and spoke to reporters after a recent practice this week. Hines touched on his new role as a leader in the defensive secondary, the August heat and the return of Tyler Moeller on defense.

At 6-foot 1-inch, 220 pounds, Hines runs like a safety and hits like a linebacker. The Cleveland-Glenville native is scheduled to be the starter once again at strong safety this season, a role he shared last season with Anderson Russell.

Hines was fourth on the team in 2009 with 57 tackles and had two interceptions for 48 yards, including a 32-yard INT for a touchdown in the win over Wisconsin — a game in which he also recorded a career-high 11 tackles. He posted another solid all-around game with nine tackles and two TFL in the win at rival Michigan. He also was part of an OSU secondary that recorded 24 total interceptions last season, which tied with Alabama and Boise State for the second-most among FBS teams.