Ohio State 2019-2023 LB - Steele Chambers ('22 Honorable Mention All-BIG)

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    • On Steele Chambers' injury: "He'll have a procedure done but he'll be back for the preseason and should have a pretty good summer."
     
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    • Chambers on his health entering Ohio State's first preseason practice: "I feel great. Dangerous. ... It was great to be back out there with the boys." Chambers missed most of spring ball in 2023 because of a toe injury he suffered early in the offseason camp.
    • On Eichenberg, Chambers said: "He is a barbarian out there, commanding the troops." Chambers said it was nice to play alongside Eichenberg in the first practice after missing that opportunity in the spring as both players dealt with ailments.
    • Chambers on Hicks' potential in 2023: "Unlimited. He can do whatever he wants, honestly." Chambers said Hicks has impressed him the most in the weight room and thinks Hicks will continue to impress him in Ohio State's preseason practices. "He is really stacking up right now."
    • In what has become a trademark for interviews with Chambers, the conversation devolved into a rating of Christopher Nolan movies. Chambers recommended that the media see Nolan's latest movie "Oppenheimer" and that he believes the Cillian Murphy-led biopic stands as Nolan's second-best film behind "Interstellar."
    • On Styles, Chambers said: "That is another athletic specimen. I mean, dude jumps 40 inches. He is strong as hell. He is a fantastic player and an even better guy. He's gonna do fantastic this year. He's gonna do really good. We have all the trust in him in the world. That's why you see him on the field more."
     
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    STEELE CHAMBERS
    • Chambers said he thinks everyone sticking to their assignments is the key to not giving up big plays this year.
    • Chambers said he thinks the most important thing when dealing with the pressure of high expectations is for the Buckeyes to lean on each other.
    • Chambers said he relaxes by listening to music. His two “go-to songs” right now are “Palomino Princess” by Tyler Booth and “Creeps” by Koe Wetzel.
     
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    • Chambers was not happy to see Indiana come out in a triple-option look Saturday. “I didn’t say anything to Tommy (Eichenberg), but I looked at him and I was pretty pissed. A whole bunch of work (in practice), we saw two triple-option plays.”
    • Responding to the scheme was a matter of communicating well with the coaching staff and then executing on the field, Chambers said. He added that he doesn’t feel it’s something the defense would have been able to do a year ago.
    • Chambers is among the Ohio State defenders disappointed the team allowed three points against Indiana. “We’re a lot closer, I think, as a defense compared to last year. Our mindset going into every single game is, ‘Don’t let up any points.’”
    • On what’s different from year one to year two starting alongside Eichenberg: “I think our communication has gotten a lot better. I know that’s something I struggled with last year.”
    • Ohio State’s defense would have been running around “like a chicken with its head cut off” last year for at least a half if a team came out with an unexpected triple option look, Chambers said. “We just understand the defense more. Last year, if you asked me to fit the fullback in a triple option, I would have no idea what I’m doing. Probably just end up on my ass or something.”
    • On the versatility Chip Trayanum has shown at running back since switching over from linebacker: “It’s not surprising. It’s Chip. If you see him, he’s probably walking around here with his shirt off, he looks shredded. Dude’s just an athlete.”
    • Chambers referred to Malik Hartford as a “sparkplug.” “All during camp, he was all over the ball, bunch of picks, forcing fumbles. He’s a lot better than I was as a freshman.”
    • Making an early open-field tackle against the Hoosiers was a confidence boost for Chambers. “We do that drill out here in practice every Tuesday, then the third play of the season, it happens. It just shows you that the stuff you do out here on the practice field really translates to the game.”
    • On how he reflects on his early days as part of Ohio State’s running back room: “Life sucked back then, man. I was playing running back, I wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t have a dog or anything. So I was just sitting around sulking.”
     
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