Denard Talks the Season, the Buckeyes

"We've got to come out there and play. We can't come out flat like we did against Wisconsin. The first half we didn't play at all. We have to perform, all four quarters."

Question: You've heard Mike Martin and Kevin Koger -- one hates the Buckeyes and one dislikes them; do you hate Ohio State?

Denard Robinson: "I guess I have to agree Koger. I've got respect for them but don't like them."

Question: How much of this rivalry where you aware of down in Florida?

Denard Robinson: "I really wasn't aware of it. I knew about it, but I looked at the Florida State versus Miami and I seen it from them, and I was like this was a big rivalry. They said this Michigan versus O-State is a bigger rivalry than that. I was like man I want to be a part of something like that. It's a big deal."

Question: After hitting 1,500 rushing yards, does it hold any more significance for you because you are the first guy ever to do that?

Denard Robinson: "That's crazy and that's a great accomplishment. I don't know what to say about it."

Question: Does one side of that mean more: the passing yards or rushing?

Denard Robinson: "It don't. It don't."

Question: Does playing some tough defenses, Michigan State, Iowa, prepares you for Saturday's game at Ohio State?

Denard Robinson: "You expect a physical team, a great coached team, a great team. It is just going to get you ready. Playing against Michigan State, Iowa, good teams, Wisconsin was a pretty good defense. You got to be prepared when you play against these guys."

Question: You talk about learning about the rivalry; was there anything that happened last year that clicked in your mind that year this is a really big deal?

Denard Robinson: "When I saw Mike Shaw run into the guy in the tunnel. I was like, it is going to be a test. This game is going to be crazy. I watched Charles Woodson go against (David) Boston I think from the sideline, when they were fighting on the sideline. I was like alright, this is going to be a big deal."

Question: Did you play at all against Ohio State last year?

Denard Robinson: "Yes sir, I got a couple of snaps.'

Question: What is the experience like?

Denard Robinson: "It's a big game. I think it is still a football game. It is still a game."

Question: There is a debate going on if you should be one of the finalists in New York for the Heisman; how do you feel about that and what would that mean to you if you got invited to New York City?

Denard Robinson: "That would be a big deal, but the season is still going on so we got to worry about O-State right now. We'll see."

Question: Talk about this game from a standpoint of getting off to a better start than you did as an offense against Wisconsin?

Denard Robinson: "Yeah. That's going to be a big thing. We've got to come out there and play. We can't come out flat like we did against Wisconsin. The first half we didn't play at all. We have to perform, all four quarters."

Question: You guys turned the ball over a lot last year in the loss; what can you do in particular to ensure that the don't turn the ball over and keep yourself in the game?

Denard Robinson: "We've got to protect the ball -- protect the program, that's what we call it."

Question: Has there been a reason why that the turnovers have seemed to come a little more of late. Has there been a reason as to why that is because early on the in the season ball security was really good?

Denard Robinson: "Mistakes, bad reads, all the things that happen; and we've just been making bad plays, bad reads and making big mistakes."

Question: Look at Ohio State's quarterback, Terrelle Pryor; you guys have some similarities being that you can run but he has a little longer stride. Can you assess what kind of quarterback he is?

Denard Robinson: "He reminds me of Devin Gardner; Devin Gardner reminds me of him. He is a tough guy. He can run the ball. He can pass it. He's a great quarterback, great player."

Question: What is the toughest game environment that you have played in prior to the game in Columbus; obviously you have not played in Columbus yet. What have guys like your equipment guy like Jon Falk told you about the Horseshoe?

Denard Robinson: "I haven't asked Jonny Falk yet. I'm going to ask him."

Question: Has there been a place that has been the toughest to you up to this point for you?

Denard Robinson: "I think Iowa was kind of tough. Penn State was very good. I liked Penn State. It was real fun. It was a great place to play at."

Question: On the growth of his game this year…

Denard Robinson: "You've got to learn the defenses. You've got to be able to learn everything… know where everybody has to be in the offense. That's basically what I learned this whole year."

Question: What gives you confidence that you can go down there and come out of there with a win?

Denard Robinson: "I'm going out there with my teammates and going out there with my coaches. I know they are going to put us in the right places to win the game, and we will try to go out there and play as hard as we can."

Question: You seem to be pretty unaffected especially early in the year with all the Heisman hype, how were you able to not get caught up in that?

Denard Robinson: "Just don't worry about it, stay level headed and just don't worry about stuff like that."

Question: How healthy have you been the last couple of games?

Denard Robinson: "I think I've been alight. I'm good, 90%, pretty good."

Question: Are you as healthy enough to be as fast as you were during the first four or five games?

Denard Robinson: "Oh yeah. Oh yeah."

Question: Where there a couple of plays on Saturday that you thought you were close to breaking? Where you getting that feeling.

Denard Robinson: "Oh yeah, I thought I was going to break a couple of them, and I just fell and miss footing, tripped or something like that. I was just mad because I think I would have broke a long one last weekend."

Question: You have only been around for Michigan-Ohio State game, do you get a sense of the frustration from other people around you about this streak that Ohio State is on right now?

Denard Robinson: "Nobody really told me about it yet. We'll see what my teammates say about it."

Question: Coach said you treat the 5th string walk-ons the same way you treat the starting wide receivers. Is that kind of your personality, or where does that come from?

Denard Robinson: "I guess that is my personality, and how I was raised, how my mom brought me up and my dad. Treat everybody equal."

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