Ginn Talks About Track, Joining Buckeyes

Cleveland Glenville standout Ted Ginn Jr. joined us on the Bucknuts Radio Hour this week to discuss his track career and his future at Ohio State. Click this link to see excerpts of the conversation and also for a link to listen to this week's show, which also includes interviews with Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch and new running backs coach Dick Tressel.

In case you missed it, Cleveland Glenville defensive back Ted Ginn Jr. was a special guest on this week's edition of the Bucknuts Radio Hour (linked below).

Here are excerpts from that interview:

Q. We're here to present you with Ohio High's Man of the Year in high school football, which I'm sure is a big award for you. But tell me about the thrill of being the USA Today national defensive player of the year.

Ginn: "I worked hard. I knew I was up against a lot of competition. All I could do was show them my numbers."

Q. Talk about playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and announcing your college choice on NBC.

Ginn: "It was a fun experience because that's what it's going to be like at the next level. It was like a college arena. We were playing college rules. Plus, a lot of it was about being where you're supposed to be at the right time, wearing the right clothes and being organized. It was an honor to be part of it."

Q. With everything you have accomplished, do you see yourself as a role model for your classmates or other players?

Ginn: "I just try to work hard, go to school and be humble. If you do that, good things will happen to you."

Q. How about track season. It has been reported you would like to try and qualify for the Olympics. How is that going?

Ginn: "I'm just going to work hard and see where it goes. I'm going to play my senior year out. Then, when this summer comes around, I'll stay in shape and try to do what it takes for me to go to the Olympics."

Q. Which event would be your best opportunity to try and qualify?

Ginn: "I'm probably going to try in the 400. I also like the hurdles, but I probably won't be ready by that point in time. Most likely it will be the 400."

Q. How about going into Ohio State as a freshman. What do you hope to accomplish?

Ginn: "I'm going to go in and try to learn the system. Once I learn the system, I think I'll be OK. I want to get everything down pat and go from there."

Q. How about your relationship with secondary coach Mel Tucker?

Ginn: "I've known Tuck for a very long time. We've got a cool relationship. He's been a role model. It will be the first time he's my coach, but it should go well."

Q. What has it been like to play football and run track with your dad as your coach?

Ginn: "He's always been a coach, so he's always been there to tell me if I was doing something wrong when I was little. Here, I've had to play by his rules. He has always been there to tell me what I needed to do. I'm going to miss that."

Q. There are several Glenville guys already at Ohio State. Who are some of the guys you are close to on the team?

Ginn: "I have quite a few friendships. I have a lot of friends down there -- the guys who are from here as well as guys like Roy Hall and Maurice Hall. It's going to be a great experience."

Q. You wore No. 2 in high school, but are moving to No. 7 now that Chris Gamble has left. Any reason why?

Ginn: "No. 2 was taken, but No. 7 will be all right. It's a hot number right now. I just want to come in, fill in those shoes and just get better."

Here is a link to listen to this week's Bucknuts Radio Hour, which includes interviews with Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch as well as new running backs coach Dick Tressel and Ted Ginn Jr.

Click here for this week's edition of the Bucknuts Radio Hour.

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