Ohio State '20 NJ LB (SR) - Cody Simon

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    • On James Laurinatis being named full-time linebackers coach: “He’s the best. I really can’t say enough good things about him. Having him been in our shoes before and then coaching us now, you just can’t say enough good things about him.”
    • On how Sonny Styles is acclimating to being a linebacker full-time: “He’s doing well. It’s not easy. Even Steele (Chambers) can tell you, changing positions in college, it’s not an easy thing. He’s come into the position really well, and it’s only day two so so much more to go, but he’s doing really well.”
    • Simon is excited to see different wrinkles used in the defense this year and trusts Knowles to implement those twists with care. “I think Coach Knowles does a really good job of keeping things simple when they need to be simple and then molding it into more complex things. So we’re trying to show different things, and we’ll get more into that as the spring and the season goes on.”
    • On where C.J. Hicks has grown: “I would say the biggest thing is the mental side. He doesn’t lack anything physically, so I think him getting better in the film room and studying and doing all that little stuff, the stuff that no one really sees, I think that’s where he’s gotten a lot better.”
    • Simon said that he’s grateful to his teammates who returned to the team despite having high NFL draft stocks, decisions that were made after the Cotton Bowl whereas he was the only one to announce he’d return before. “We had some unfinished business. I know that’s a term people use, but I think everybody realized that there’s more to give here, and I commend all the players who did come back because I know it was a tough decision. You could be a first-round pick and you decided to come back for your brothers. I think it spoke to the brotherhood that we have here, guys are being selfless.”
    • A leadership role as the team’s middle linebacker is something Simon welcomes. “I love having that on my shoulders. I love being the guy that people look to for help. And I want to be able to lead these guys, and I’ve been preparing for it my whole life. Like even since I was young, my brother, we always tried to be that first guy in the room, the loudest.”
    • On Jim Knowles and his relationship to the coach: “As I’ve grown and been here longer with him, you understand his mindset and how he doesn’t want us to stress when we’re on the field. So he puts that stress on us in practice and he wants us to get it right.”
    • On the defensive line: “They’re all just dominant. Physical, hand violence, speed, they’re probably faster than most of the linebackers and they’re just super physical. They’ve got through so much here too and I think they’re really good players.”
     
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