August 27, 2011

Bennett excited to make debut

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We're just a week away from the start of the college football season and for the freshmen preparing to make their collegiate debuts, it's an exciting time. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett is one freshman that will likely see plenty of action this fall for the Buckeyes. caught up with Bennett at Centerville High School on Friday night as he watched his former squad take on Cincinnati Elder. Though the Elks fell, 33-14, Bennett was glad to see some of his former linemates out there doing some good things.

"It was good to see some of the lineman coming off hard, they were playing hard," Bennett said of his former teammates. "Evan (Lisle) from what I've seen last year and then this year, he picks up something new every game. I think he's going to be really good, you're going to get consistent play out of Evan every game. Evan is going to be great and you could see it tonight, he was great. Benny (McGowan) is a senior so he's a little more consistent but Evan is going to be great too, it was good to see that."

Bennett made the trip down to support his former teammates and coaches on the same day that he finished his first fall camp as a college football player.

"I thought it went well," Bennett said of his first camp. "I learned a lot about techniques, plays, all of that stuff. I think it went well, I was tired but I mean, that's camp."

Weighing heavily on Bennett's mind is the excitement of his first chance to run through the tunnel at Ohio Stadium as a college player on a game day.

"I hope I play, but we'll see what happens within the next week," Bennett said. "Running out of that tunnel and just seeing the fans, I can't wait. All I've seen has been when I'm on the sidelines for recruiting or when I've been in the stands. I can't imagine the feeling of having those (fans) cheering for me, so it's going to be great."

Bennett isn't the only freshman expected to see a lot of time this fall for the Buckeyes, the class of 2011 is already starting to make some noise around the program with a handful of players already on the two-deep.

"(The freshmen) that are working with the one's or the two's, that doesn't only make the team better, it makes the guys that are competing with them (for playing time) better," Bennett explained. "It makes those guys work a little bit harder now to make sure they get on the field. I think it's helping the team a lot. Even if the new freshmen don't play, it will boost the team just because of the competition."

Bennett is not only part of a deep group of freshmen, but also a deep group of defensive linemen. As a unit, early indications seem to be that the defensive line will be a major strength of the 2011 Ohio State football team.

"People were worried that we wouldn't be that good because of Cameron Heyward leaving and Dexter Larimore leaving but everyone has filled in real well," he said. "We've got like 12 guys who just show crazy potential, we just all have to be more consistent."


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