About half of the Ohio State football team was available for interviews at Sunday’s media day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
This group included a pair of emerging players on the offensive side of the ball in junior guard Marcus Hall and sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith. (Check out a video interview with Hall above and one with Smith below.)
The 6-6, 317-pound Hall was heralded this past week by head coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Ed Warinner as one of the team’s most improved players.
Hall, a product of Cleveland Glenville, was the only true freshman lineman to see the field in 2009. He started the Iowa game at right tackle in place of the ailing J.B. Shugarts. He figured to be a valuable backup in 2010. But he missed the season due to academic issues and ended up redshirting. Last year, he returned as a third-year sophomore and started the season’s first five games at guard before Mike Adams’ return from a suspension.
In the interview above, he talks about playing for Warinner, his circuitous career path (including taking the 2010 season off), how the line is coming together and his pride from being a part of the Glenville pipeline.
The 6-1, 196-pound Smith provided a nice shot in the arm at the wide receiver position as a freshman. He became a deep ball specialist with 14 catches for 294 yards (21.0 average) and four touchdowns. One of those scores was the dramatic 40-yarder from Braxton Miller in the final minute of the Wisconsin game to help the Buckeyes knock off the Badgers. Smith, a Massillon (Ohio) Washington, product was one of the top prospects in the 2011 recruiting class.
In the video interview, he talks about his pedigree at Massillon, his kinship with Miller, the progress of the wide receiver group and the offense.
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