Freshmen on Coach Marotti

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Freshman Orientation the Mickey Marotti Way
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer said back when he became the head coach at Ohio State that more than any other assistant coach, Mickey Marotti was his most important hire.

Marotti is Ohio State's strength and conditioning coordinator, though his official title is Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance. That's a pretty hefty title, and it brings hefty responsibilities with it.

Marotti drives his players to do what they think they can't, because how else will they know if they can unless they are pushed? He is the best at what he does, and coming into his program as a freshman will always be like entering a completely foreign world.

Interested in how that transition has gone from high school athlete to Ohio State athlete, we asked a few of the freshman Buckeyes the best thing and worst thing about Marotti. As you might expect, the answers quite often blurred boundaries.


Von BellVonn Bell
Photo by Dan Harker

The Best Part
“Coach Mick, that's my guy. He's going to push me. He's going to push everybody, he's going to push the whole team. He wants us to top our competitive excellence. He really wants us to strain and get stronger, better, faster. He wants us to be top notch.”
The Worst Part
“There's not too much, it's just the running sometimes that gets me. I'm gonna learn to get adjusted to it. He just wants me to get better.”

Eli Apple
Eli Apple

Photo by Dan Harker
The Best Part
“Coach Mick, he's always juiced up. He's always hype. He's just a great dude to be around even outside of football and the weight room. He's just a great overall dude.”
The Worst Part
“He's tough. He's tough on us, but that's what we need. We need somebody to be tough. I came in really small and skinny, so I need somebody to really get on me and help me get bigger. I've changed greatly. I think I've put on a good 10 or 12 pounds since I've been here.”

Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell

Photo by Dan Harker
The Best Part
“It's almost like he doesn't sleep. He just always has energy. He just always keeps you going no matter what. If you see him in the hallway, you just want to go work out. He'll get you ready for anything.”
The Worst Part
“Probably the good thing about him, he never gives up, he's always energetic. It's a 5 a.m. workout and you're in there sleepy, and he's yelling at you right in your face. It just gets you ready to work out.”

Mike Hill
Michael Hill

Photo by Dan Harker
The Best Part
“He's very intense. He pushes you to your limits. He brings the most out of you in a workout.”
The Worst Part
“That. He brings the most out of you in a workout.”

James Clark
James Clark
Photo by Dan Harker
The Best Part
“He's always going to be high energy and he's going to push you to be the best you can be.”
The Worst Part
“The worst part is when you've got nothing left in the tank and you've got to keep going. When you feel that you can't go anymore, he's going to make you feel that you've got some more in you, and some more in you, and some more in you.”

Jalin Marshall
Jalin Marshall

Photo by Dan Harker

The Best Part
“He just pushes you, pushes you, pushes you hard and helps you get better.”
The Worst Part
“I don't think there's a worst part about Coach Mick.”

Ezekiel Elliot
Ezekiel Elliott
Photo by Dan Harker
The Best Part
“Definitely the juice, man. He always brings it early in the morning. Five a.m. he comes in and he's screaming and getting you hyped. There's never a dull moment around him. You're not going to be lackadaisical around him at all.”
The Worst Part
“I don't think there's anything bad about him. He's always here to make us get better.”

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