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What They're Saying: What Were You Thinking When Ryan Shazier Went Down, and How Did Trey Johnson Do In His Place?
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a game that lost most of its tension early on when the Buckeyes were scoring at will, but when All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier went down with cramps in the second quarter, Ohio State's Saturday got a whole lot more interesting.

The Buckeyes had already come into this game without cornerback Bradley Roby, so to lose Shazier in the first half of a game that ended up being closer than it needed to be could have been devastating.

Ohio State avoided that devastation, however, and Luke Fickell credited that to their team mentality of "next man up".

               
Ryan Shazier                  
Ryan Shazier

"I think that's my second time cramping in my lifetime. Coach Mick said that I was probably a little too hyped for this game and it just drained my energy, and then the heat took over and I cramped up."


Luke Fickell
Luke Fickell

"That was great to see Curtis Grant step up and take a freshman under his wing and know that he had to make some other calls and get him (Trey Johnson) lined up, and kind of clear the air with him."


Curtis Grant
Curtis Grant

"Trey played really well. He came in and stepped up actually for a freshman to be thrown out there in front of 107,000 people. He knew what he was doing, and he was on his stuff and I was proud of him for that."


Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett
 

"I didn't even know he went down. I had tunnel vision. I feel like a jerk now, I didn't know he went down. Whoever stepped in must have done a really good down. Oh yeah, that's right, that's why Trey was in. Trey stepped up and he did a good job."


Noah Spence
Noah Spence

"Somebody else has to step up until he gets back. Football is a sport where someone is always going to go down, so you've always got to be prepared and know that they next man behind him is ready too."


Luke Fickell
Luke Fickell

"These guys don't worry. We talk about no worries. No names, no blame, no worries. We're not a finger-pointing crew. We know that we've got some growing to do. We know that we've got some situations that we've got to get better at. It doesn't matter who's on the field. C.J. Barnett was down, nobody ever said a word about it, and Ron Tanner steps up and does a great job for us. I think that's the mentality that we want to have because it's going to be a long season."

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