Game week has finally arrived.
Ohio State is just six days from its season opening game against Bowling Green, a contest that should shed plenty of light on a roster full of inexperienced players.
Following a press conference from Urban Meyer, 2016 captains Billy Price, Pat Elflein, Joe Burger, Raekwon McMillan and Tyquan Lewis spoke about the start of the season while offensive coordinator Ed Warinner also addressed the media.
Warinner, who like his defensive counterpart is tasked with replacing eight starters from last year, discussed the expected role of Curtis Samuel, a player Meyer called the No. 1 playmaker on offense last week. Warinner also spoke about developing an offensive identity and which players really stood out through fall camp.
Elflein, who was named a captain last January, spoke about his recovery from shoulder surgery – a procedure that limited him in fall camp, as well as the state of the offensive line, a unit breaking in three new starters against the Falcons.
Price was one of four players voted a captain by the team last week and the offensive lineman spoke about his new title as well as the chemistry that is developing among the offenses front five.
Also a newly named captain, walk-on linebacker Joe Burger spoke about his dedication to leadership and his part in a unique family tradition of walk-ons earning scholarships. The special teams standout also spoke about being recruited by Bowling Green coming out of high school.
Lewis spoke about how it felt to be named a captain as well as what he expects out of a young Ohio State defense this week. The North Carolina native also talked about the role of defensive end Jalyn Holmes, a player Meyer said was playing well enough to be thought of as a co-starter with Sam Hubbard.
McMillan spoke about the anticipation that comes with the first game of the year, the newly named captains and the leadership qualities of Burger specifically.