BSB TV: Buckeyes Want To Finish Strong

Thursday interviews at Ohio State included the defensive line and tight ends, where Nick Vannett, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt each want to finish strong.

Ohio State continued spring practice on Thursday with outing No. 10, after which Buckeye defensive linemen and tight ends spoke to the media.

Senior Tommy Schutt admitted he hasn't lived up to the lofty five-star status he had coming out of high school but says he's had a good spring in an effort to finish his injury-plagued career strong.

"I think I've disappointed some people around here, including myself," he said after having not yet seized a starting role. "I've taken this offseason very seriously and I'm trying to get myself as prepared as I can to make the biggest impact as I can."

Meanwhile, one player who will be moving up into a bigger role is tight end Nick Vannett. The senior from Westerville Central caught 19 passes last year, including a TD in the title game, but expects more production now that Jeff Heuerman has graduated from the spot.

"When a guy leaves, you can't miss a beat," the Ohio State tight end said. "You have to fill it for him."

Another player expected to fill up the stat sheet more as a senior is Adolphus Washington. The one-time five-star recruit started a year ago but was moved to nose guard to let Michael Bennett best use his skills at 3-technique. Now, Washington returns to that role and is also expected to be a team leader.

"Coach Johnson and Coach Meyer are asking me to be a team leader," he said. "It's definitely hard, but I'm working on it."

Check out what they had to say in full below.

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