August 28, 2009

Browning fitting in well at RG

COLUMBUS -- Not more than a week ago Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel mentioned in a press conference that two linemen had stood out during the course of fall camp: those two linemen were Michael Brewster and Bryant Browning.

One may have been more of a surprise than the other, especially because Browning had his struggles last season with the right tackle position.

This year, however, Browning has been moved to right guard and it has seemingly been doing wonders for the offensive lineman.

"I feel at home at right guard," Browning said. "I worked hard during the offseason just getting in shape and just trying to become a better offensive lineman. So being at right guard, it is another chance for me to get better and help out the team."

Last season Browning had is issues at right tackle, especially when it came to blocking solid speed rushers coming off the edge, but will attribute his current success to another year of maturation and not to his position switch.

Browning affirmed that he felt comfortable at right tackle despite some struggles, but added that he hopes to move forward this season and make a positive difference.

"I felt very comfortable," Browning said of playing right tackle last year. "The coaches did a great job of preparing me each week, coming up with a great game plan that fit the team's strengths. I took it one week at a time and did the best I could."

So pardon Browning for being humble when he first was notified of Tressel's compliments, but the guard said he is just focusing on his team and progressing with the offensive line unit as the season draws closer.
Though it was an individual compliment, Browning couldn't help but mention his fellow teammates who line up next to him in the offensive trenches.

"As a unit we have just been working a whole lot harder," Browning initially said when informed about Tressel's comments. "Since spring ball hit the coaches have really been on us to take it to the next level and as a unit we have been working hard and we are doing this together."

Then the question was rephrased, just so Browning could talk a little bit about what has been the key factor to his turn for the better during the offseason.

"I'm just taking the coaching that I'm getting and trying to apply it to every play," Browning said. "You know I have been here, this is my fourth year now and that's a long time, so you should be learning something. Whatever you learn, you just have to try and apply it."

The offensive line has been shuffled around quite a bit during the fall, but one of the constants has been Browning at right tackle. He has been repping with the first team at that position during the entire course of fall camp and will most likely remain in that spot until the season opener against Navy Sept. 5.

Despite staying in the same place, Browning has been used to moving and dealing with the personnel shuffling around him.

"In high school I played right tackle," Browning said. "But I have been moving around a lot all through my high school career and now in college same thing. So I just feel comfortable playing offensive line."

As of now, he looks extra comfortable at the right guard position, which could be a big boost for the Buckeyes this season.

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