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Ohio Football Grinds Through Third Session

Aug. 8, 2007

ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football squad continued its campaign with the third practice of the season Wednesday. Ohio, picked first in the MAC East by the MAC News Media Association, will open this year's slate at home on September 1 against Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.


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Safety Michael Mitchell

On the defense:

You're going to see a lot of speed and a lot of guys flying around. I don't think you're going to find too many defenses that have a faster front seven. Landon Cohen, for example, has shed a lot of body fat and is really flying around. Taj Henley looks like a gargoyle out there. I think you'll see us be really explosive out there this year and force a lot of turnovers.


On his role:

I think one of the reasons that I got to start last year was that I kept making big plays. That said, Steve Jackson is pushing me hard every day so I've got to keep making those plays.


On the heat:

We're all getting through it. I think everybody is in really good shape though and, above all, we're excited to be out here. We went 9-5 last year and we know we had a lot of unfinished business. It was a good year for the school's history but the guys in the locker room know that it's not enough. We want to win that MAC Championship. We're not satisfied with being just MAC East Champs. We want to win the whole thing and then we want to win the bowl game.


Running Back Joshua Abrams

On the heat:

Each day it seems to get hotter and hotter so it's easy to get aggravated with each other. At the end of the day, it's all good though.


On his role:

I want to do as much as I can to help the team but I hope Kalvin (McRae) stays healthy so that I can just give him a break every now and then.


On the focus of practice:

I think the one thing we've really worked on so far is our passing game. All of the quarterbacks have looked very good so far. Even though Kalvin and I know the offense from the last two years, we've made sure we're polished up on our assignments as well.


On the progress of fellow running backs Vince Davidson and Donte Harden:

Right now, they both look good from what I've seen. We're bringing them along too and make sure they know all the checks and wrinkles in case somebody goes down and they have to step up as a freshman.