Horton Presser 10/26 - Q&A -- Part 1

"It was great last week to see MarQueis come back and have a big game. Had Da'Jon with eight catches. You had MarQueis with seven. Complement each other. If Ohio State feels they got to try to take away the one, you feel good about your match-ups with MarQueis..."

Jeff Horton's weekly press conference Q&A part 1 -

On not getting caught up in Ohio State's ranking...

"Yeah, I think that's the biggest thing. We're going to talk to them. Sometimes I think they're afraid to make a mistake. If you're afraid to make a mistake, you're probably a little hesitant."

What I'm trying to emphasize to them is there's really no reason to worry about it. We're where we're at right now. Cut it loose. If you make a mistake, you know what, at least you're going as fast as you can. Try to take that pressure off of them. If you make a mistake, at least if you're going full speed, that mistake might turn into a big play. See it happen all the time."

"We're not going to wait on it, we're going to attack them, so let's go."

On going to go with more two tight end sets...

"We've done a lot of that this year with Curtis Hughes and Eric Lair playing at the same time. They're kind of interchangeable there. They've mixed in with that formation. We can do different things out of it."

"Tiree Eure has played more lately. That's kind of helped us with those threes guys."

On the loss of Jon Hoese...

"Jon is the kind of guy people on the outside might not notice him as much, but obviously on offense he's a big part of the package. Where he's missed also is in the special teams. One of the best special teams players we got, punt, kickoff return. Losing him in that spot, somebody else is going to have to step up."

On regaining a sense of normalcy after the coaching shake up...

"I think that's a real good point. Hopefully second week into practice where we've tweaked some things, that's not unusual to them. They know the routine now with some things we changed up. As you mentioned, second week for Coach Hammock, I forgot to mention, he did a tremendous job for calling the plays for the first time last week. The other guys on offense did a great job. I thought the defensive changes worked out very well."

"Everybody is another week in, like you mentioned. Hopefully that brings more stability to an unstable situation, if that makes sense."

On the emergence of Da'Jon McKnight as a go-to wide receiver...

"I think the big thing with those two more, obviously Adam is throwing the ball and gave Da'Jon a chance to catch it. Da'Jon, viewing the film, a lot of his catches are spectacular. He's very confident. He's going to get it. That makes the quarterback confident if he can get it anywhere close to him, he can come down with it. It's great to see that chemistry developing."

"It was great last week to see MarQueis come back and have a big game. Had Da'Jon with eight catches. You had MarQueis with seven. Complement each other. If Ohio State feels they got to try to take away the one, you feel good about your match-ups with MarQueis. What's been good between MarQueis and Da'Jon and Eric, statistically they're all pretty close in catches. To us that's a good situation because you don't have that Decker separation. You can see why they had it, because of the kind of player Eric was. Hopefully this balances you up a little more and lets you attack in different ways."

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