FOS: Theres been a lot of talk about the H-back or Z-back position since the spring. Have you guys been working with that much in practice?
Hahn: Weve been working on it a little bit. We really havent gotten into it too much. Right now, as far as practice goes in the offense, weve kind of been focusing a little bit on what were going to do, trying to get that down. Maybe a little bit more of the complicated stuff. So, weve done a little bit of it, but not to the extent that we did in the spring.
FOS: What about you personally? Where do they have you working right now?
Hahn: Right now, they have me working in at fullback primarily.
FOS: More of a pass receiving-type of fullback or have you been doing a lot of blocking?
Hahn: Ive been doing it all. As far as my position, Galen [Hall] told me that right now for camp, focus on fullback, but know all of the tailback stuff as well, which I already do. One of the benefits of playing fullback during the season and then tailback during the spring is that I have a really good handle on both positions. I think that works to my advantage.
FOS: Do you feel that playing last year as a true freshman helped you or would a redshirt have been more beneficial?
Hahn: I felt for the most part that it was pretty helpful. I felt like I got some good game experience. It works both ways. Im kind of glad that I know what a game is like and understand what the pressures of playing at Ohio State or Wisconsin are. Now, I know what Im getting myself into. As far as grasping the offense, it really wasnt a problem for me.
FOS: You had a chance to look at the speed of everything firsthand.
Hahn: It was more of a size difference and not so much a speed aspect. Guys are as fast as you except, but theyre the same size or bigger.
FOS: Whats the feeling around the offense? How is your confidence level after spring and summer workouts?
Hahn: I think were excited mainly because of the athletic ability that we have at receiver, at quarterback, at running back, at fullback. At all of those positions, we have guys that can make plays when it doesnt look like a play can be made. I think theres a lot of optimism because of the athletic ability that we have with some of the young guys coming in and some older guys who are stepping up.
FOS: As far as the backfield situation goes, are you all rotating through getting carries right now?
Hahn: Yeah, thats how it was in the spring, and thats how it is now. Weve only been practicing for three or four days. Everybodys just trying to getting their feet wet and kind of get back into that mode of playing football. Everybodys getting used to it and taking their fair share of reps and trying to gel with the offense.
FOS: So there hasnt been any kind of expectation that one guy is going to be the man or it will be running back by committee?
Hahn: No, I dont think any of the guys in the backfield look at it like that. We all know that were talented players, and I think, for the most part, a lot of the guys back there have proven at some point or another that they can make a play and they can do something. As far as that, we just try to help each other out with things if we have questions. Were a pretty good unit, and we all know that we can make plays. We have confidence in each other.
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