If you are kind of on the fence in regards to ordering Bucknuts the Magazine and are wondering exactly what type of material is going to be included,
here's an excerpt of the Mike Doss interview. And remember, this is the stuff that DID NOT make the cut for the magazine. These are some very
interesting comments from No. 2, so you can just imagine how good his quotes are in the mag...
BUCKNUTS: How important is it for you to have another senior, Donnie Nickey, back there with you at safety?
MIKE DOSS: It's very important, Donnie has been here longer than I have. This is his fifth year and my fourth. It's nice to look to your right, or your left and know that the guy right next to you is the same guy that has been with you for your whole career. You just know that he has your back and you have his.
B: Are you concerned about the cornerbacks?
MD: Not really. They are inexperienced and young, but talented. I feel that the first three games are going to be their "experience" games. They have the talent and the will and the determination to be great corners, they just need a little bit of that game experience.
B: What about the defensive line?
MD: That probably will be the strong point of our defense. You have six guys up there that will be rotating in and out and they're going to bring it every play. I can't wait to see those guys go.
B: And the linebackers?
MD: We definitely have a lot of talent at linebacker. Matt Wilhelm will be the center point of the group, I think he's headed for a big year. Rob Reynolds and Cie Grant will show what they can do and hopefully some of the young guys, the freshmen, can step up and show what they've got.
B: Overall, does this look like the best defense you've played on at Ohio State?
MD: We'll have to wait and see. My sophomore year we had a really good defense too. We'll just have to see where we're at after the season.
B: You had a great game in the win over Michigan last year with two interceptions. Was that the highlight of your OSU career so far?
MD: This might sound odd, but the highlight of my career was the loss against Drew Brees and Purdue my sophomore year. Well, I shouldn't say it was the highlight, but that game was definitely the turning point of my career and helped mature me more than any other experience I've had on the football field. To intercept Drew Brees twice like that, including one that set up the game-winning touchdown and to turn around and give up a big play that lost it, that was the turning point of my career. I was a young player who had always made the big plays at the end of games, but I learned a lot about football and life that day. It forced me to mature as a player and a man.
B: What do you think of the renovations to Ohio Stadium?
MD: It's nice. It's more intimidating now. When a team walks in there and sees over 100,000, it's intimidating for them. I went to the Playboy All-American thing and every time I talked to (Texas Tech defensive end) Aaron Hunt he was like, 'Is there really going to be over 100,000 people there for real?' So, with Texas Tech coming in here, they're going to see what it's like to play in Ohio Stadium and hopefully it's more intimidating than ever for my senior year.
B: Did you hear about what Wisconsin's Brooks Bollinger said about Ohio Stadium? ("They built it, we own it.")
MD: Yeah, I heard what he had to say about that. We're going over there this year, so maybe we'll have to give it right back to him.
The picture in question
The bad news about basketball recruit Ricardo Billings not qualifying was tempered with the word that Oregon State transfer Emonte Jernigan would join the team this year. Jernigan is a 6-foot-1 guard who started off and on for the Beavers in 2000-01 and averaged around five points per game. Getting this guy was big because Jim O'Brien likes a three-guard lineup and would have had only three scholarship guards on his roster next year in Brent Darby, Brandon Fuss-Cheatham and Sean Connolly. I think Shawn Smith and Ryan Heflin are above-average walk-ons, but it wouldn't have been good if they were the first players off the bench.
Like was said in this space last week, OB just has a knack for landing transfers. Hopefully Jernigan will live up to one scouting report that read:
"An athletic player who likes to get up and down and is a good three-point shooter if left open."
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