Senior offensive lineman Bryant Browning: "He wants to win every game, do great every play, and every drive he wants to score a touchdown. I know with him having that drive, he's always going to do whatever he can to be the best player he can be and lead the team. Whenever you see a great player working hard when it comes to the football stuff always makes you want to step up as well."
What does it take for a receiver to become an impact player at Ohio State?
Senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher: "I think when guys come in, they want to do everything, and when you look at it, it's kind of a simple formula. When you don't make mistakes, you're going to get a chance to play. You can go out there and make plays, but if you can't be trusted the coaches can't afford to have even the best player out there, so I think the first thing is getting in there and being comfortable on the field. When you're comfortable, you can play fast and play without worries."
Is DeVier Posey ready to take the next step to being an elite receiver?
Junior wide receiver DeVier Posey: "For myself, I definitely feel like I've played a little weak at times as far as upper body strength. I'm trying to build my upper body strength, get a lot stronger and put on some pounds so I can play stronger around people. I also want to improve going up and getting the ball and being a more reliable guy and being more of a leader, too. Grabbing a young receiver and saying let's go get some work in on a Saturday morning, things like that to help the team."
What does the coaching staff want to see out of center Michael Brewster this year?
Offensive coordinator and line coach Jim Bollman: "A lot more consistency. He was really coming on early in the year then rolled his ankle about halfway through and that really slowed him down. It really slowed him down a lot. It took away some of his punch, some of his drive on some things, but mental knowledge and awareness really took huge, big steps like you would anticipate during the year. He's started 20 games now already with two more years to go, so that will be invaluable experience for him.
It's the personal side of it for him now. Keep getting stronger. Keep getting stronger. As he does that, it will directly relate to his success."
Is the team aware of the high expectations that are already mounting for this team?
Posey: "We're definitely aware of it. I don't know about excitement around us, but we're trying to do a good job of keeping focus on what we need to do and really taking it one step at a time. That means focusing on the offseason training program right now and then when spring comes we're going to try to make our leaps as an offense and make our leaps as a defense going against each other.
"I'm just trying to help people understand that we have to take it one step at a time. We really can't think about rankings and things like that because that's how you lose focus and get off track, so we're really just trying to focus and take it one step at a time."