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.