Ohio State 21 WA DE (SR) - J.T. Tuimoloau ('23 First Team All-BIG, '22 First Team All-BIG)

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    • Johnson says JT Tuimoloau’s Penn State performance was “like a Michael Jordan moment” but that consistency is “key” for him moving forward in 2023.
     
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    DE JT TUIMOLOAU
    The nation saw Tuimoloau realize his full potential in 2023, but only for one fleeting afternoon in Happy Valley.

    Fans won’t soon forget the dominance displayed by the five-star pass rusher against Penn State, when Tuimoloau recorded two sacks, two interceptions – one returned for a touchdown – a forced fumble and fumble recovery, a batted-down pass and three tackles for loss. But they sure hope to see more where that came from in Tuimoloau’s third season, and with Zach Harrison out of the program, he’ll have to be more productive on a week-to-week basis.

    Luckily for the Buckeyes, Larry Johnson doesn’t think it will take wholesale changes for Tuimoloau to become the consistently elite player he’s long been expected to be.

    “Like I always say, first block the noise. Just concentrate on who you are. Don't worry about all the other things outside,” Johnson said in March. “Just concentrate on your technique and just keep getting better. And again, I say this all the time; it's not the big things, it's the little things that you get better as a player. And that's what we work on, it's all the little things. Where you step, his hand placement, eye discipline, all those things are important to become an elite player. He has the talent and skill set, so how can we make him better? Well, that's my job. I got to find those little things to make him better.”

    Tuimoloau’s spring did little to dispel the notion that he could have a true breakout season in 2023, either, as he routinely spearheaded the havoc wreaked upon Ohio State’s retooled offensive line in multiple scrimmages this offseason.
     
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