Ohio State players and assistant coaches met with the media following practice Wednesday evening, the final time they will speak publicly before the Buckeyes open the season against Bowling Green Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is breaking in eight new linebackers, just as his offensive counterpart is. Once the Buckeyes take the field Saturday, he will finally have a full defense with a start under their belt.
In the mean time, he spoke about working in new linebackers and what he expects out of his inexperienced defense. The defensive coordinator emphasized that in part because the defense is not young but just lacking game experience he has confidence
The defensive coordinator was also asked what is more difficult, preparing for a Bowling Green team that has a new staff and thus presents uncertainties, or, as the Buckeyes did two years ago, preparing for a team like Navy that runs an offense that Ohio State rarely sees.
Fickell then went on to compare the 2016 iteration of Ohio State to a previous version of the Buckeyes, but it wasn't the comparison to 2014 that has been so popular this offseason.
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley spoke about avoiding confusion when lining up against multiple fronts that Bowling Green will present.
Representing the offense Wednesday was quarterback J.T. Barrett. The junior spoke about how he feels this season now that the quarterback battle from 2015 is firmly in the rearview mirror. Barrett also addressed what he expects out of the running backs this Saturday.