OSU Week: Marcus Paschal Transcript

Marcus Paschal spoke with the media on Tuesday. Read what he had to say on preparing for Troy Smith, covering speedy receivers, playing in a huge environment and much more in this premium transcript.

Q: Everyone on Ohio State seems to be talented and fast. What challenges do they pose?

Marcus Paschal: They're all around good athletes. They've got speed, size in Gonzales. They're just real good athletes and we're just going to have to come out and be ready to come out and play against that talent on Saturday.

Q: Any changes with the hype?

Paschal: No, we're not going to change anything. We're going to stick to the Xs and Os and get out there any play Iowa football on Saturday.

Q: How about the opportunity to play a #1 team?

Paschal: It's a great opportunity. Hopefully we get a good week of practice, get out there and get a win.

Q: How has the secondary played overall this season?

Paschal: I think we've played pretty good. There are still a lot of strides we can make. I think it starts today with practice, being able to get out there on Saturday and play a little better than we did last weekend.

Q: Can you cancel out the speed they have in the receiving core?

Paschal: Just total team defense. They're blazing fast guys, a total team defense, everybody pursuing to the ball, that's how you cancel it out.

Q: How much can your offense help the defense by keeping them off the field?

Paschal: They can help us out big time. The less time we're on the field, that's less time that the big time offense is out there. I think if our offense can get out and move the ball, put some points on the board, that's going to help us out big time, as a team.

Q: You've got a quarterback who's as mobile as Smith is, do you have to worry about him getting loose too?

Paschal: Yes, you do, but in the back, we've just got to do what we've got to do. The DL and LBs take care of those things like that.

Q: Does facing a guy like Bret Meyer help prepare you for a guy like Troy Smith?

Paschal: It does, but Troy Smith is a different type of guy. He's out there, he can put it on the money, eh can run, do anything. He's this year's Vince Young.

Q: Is it important to get a bump on Ginn right off the line of scrimmage? Not necessarily you.

Paschal: Yeah, it is, to slow him down. A guy with that type of speed, the LB has got to get a jam, help us out in the back end.

Q: If you don't, that means he's free.

Paschal: I think we've got the linebackers in the right position, they can get a hand on receivers, they've been doing it all year. That's what's been helping us out in the secondary.

Q: Are they going to be spread more out? Split out wide?

Paschal: We're not going to change anything. We're going to be playing as we have done all year. Our LBs have been doing a good job getting their hands on receivers week in and week out. That's what's really been helping us already.

Q: Is that what Penn State was able to do to them?

Paschal: A little bit. We've got some guys that are used to the position. They've got a couple guys new out there, but the guys we've got, Ed and Humpal, they've been in the position. They've flipped flopped, they've both played Leo, both played Will, they're aggressive guys and really going to help us out.

Q: How much points is Kinnick Stadium going to be worth for you guys in terms of the environment?

Paschal: I can't put a number on it, but it's going to be crazy out there. I can't wait for it to get here.

Q: You mentioned it already, but the ability for Troy Smith to ad lib in the backfield. You probably saw that play on Saturday.

Paschal: I already watched it on film and everything, it's just crazy. A lot of people see it on TV, but it really was a broken play. He got back, a receiver was covered, he scrambled, he just launched it like 50 to 55 yards into the end zone. You can't game plan anything like that, you've got to get out there, a total team defense is the only thing that's going to be able to contain a guy like that.

Q: He's been getting a lot of Heisman talk. Does that give you guys added motivation?

Paschal: Not really. If you're playing your game, you're going to get those types of admirations toward your game play. I think we're just going to get ready for the whole team, get out there and have to play the type of defensive game that we're used to playing.

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