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Bobcats Close Out Fifth Practice

Aug. 10, 2007

ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football squad continued its campaign with the fifth practice of the season Friday. 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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Linebacker Taj Henley

On preparation for the upcoming season:

Well, first it starts in the offseason. As linebackers, we have to take control on the field. It's about being on task mentally and correcting any mistakes.


On leadership:

When Matt Muncy was here, I could watch him and correct any of my mistakes, but now guys are looking at me in that regard. I've got to make sure I'm getting all my assignments right because they're going to follow my lead. As a starter, you're under the microscope a little more because guys are watching you. I've got to provide a good example for those guys so they'll do the same for the guys that follow them.


On the team:

We're not sneaking up on anybody this year. People will want to hunt us this year, but we're going to be ready. That's the bottom line. I know everybody's expecting us to repeat but we're expecting to do a lot better.


Offensive Tackle David Shelby

On whether or not he considers himself a leader for the offense:

I think Matt Miller is a leader as well and some of the younger guys are stepping up as well.


On the younger guys on the offense line:

Everybody's getting a chance right now but they're going to need to learn the system. It's pretty tough to come in as a lineman and play right away so we'll see what happens.


On helping running back Kalvin McRae possibly set Ohio's school rushing record this year:

Yeah, it's in the back of our minds. When he does well, we do well. At the same time, we'd rather win more games than set records and I think Kalvin feels the same way.


On areas of improvement for the offensive line:

Well, we're still working on our pass protection. We got a lot better with that last year and that will hopefully continue.


On a player to watch on the offensive line:

I think Josh Leuck is coming along really well. Nobody really saw him last year and he's our left tackle right now. I think we'll see some good things out of him. He's a really good athlete so he fits in well at that position so I'm not surprised at all at his development.