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“I have some friends coming to the game, people have been contacting me and saying they are going to be down there,” he said, the tone of his voice remaining flat and his expression staying the same. “I’m very excited to get to go home.”

Still, the Communications major talks as if he’s more worried about Ohio State’s typical mob of fans at road games holding up their end of the bargain than about how the Buckeyes play.

“I’m curious to see how many Buckeye fans will be there,” he said, “and what the atmosphere will be like.”

He’s confident without being brash, sure of himself without being cocky.

Those are valuable traits on a young team that was battered by NCAA revelations and is in dire need of a centered, solid spokesman.

“We need to have a good week of practice. We all need to be on the same page, have our checks in, make sure the assignments are clean, kind of get out there for a series and get comfortable and get everything moving in the right direction,” he said, going down a mental checklist. “This team has handled itself very well this offseason and even in the first couple of weeks with the stuff we have had to go through.

“So to be honest, I’m not worried about it.”


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