ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football squad concluded another practice Thursday afternoon in Peden Stadium. 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
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T.J. is a great player. He's so quick and he gets you amped up. I'm going to miss him but I know I can carry the torch.
On the secondary's relationship with the linebackers:
Well, with Taj (Henley) you have a veteran. He was behind Matt Muncy last year but he understands everything. The linebackers have a good grasp of things so there's really not a lot more pressure on them than normal.
Safety Mike Mitchell
On the defensive unit:
The defense is looking very fast and very aggressive. This year, we have a little bit more speed so we're definitely going to get after opposing offenses. I think you're going to see a lot of big hits, a lot of big plays and hopefully we'll be able to shut some teams down and win a MAC Championship.
It's obvious that he was a great player for us and, as a senior, gave us a lot of leadership. That said, Mark Parson has stepped up and been that leader for the corners. Idris Lawrence, Thad Turner, Julian Posey have also improved and really know their role.
On the improved speed of the secondary:
I think it's going to be hard for teams to get that deep ball over us. I think teams are going to have to be very patient on offense and try to nickel and dime us. We just have a lot of speed and experience back there.