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

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    Defensive end JT Tuimoloau suffered a scare in the final minute of the second quarter when he took a shot to the side from the helmet of Jack Sawyer, his teammate. But Tuimoloau only ended up needing to leave the game for one play before returning to the field for Wisconsin’s half-ending field goal, and he would continue to play throughout the second half.

    “It was a big scare,” Sawyer said. “JT is a huge part of this team, one of the best players in the country, so when he went down, everybody held their breath for a minute.”
     
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    • On Jack Sawyer: “If you watch Jack, he goes hard every play. That’s the guy I love playing on the other side of and he just brings that energy. I can feed off it. Having him, Mike (Hall), Tyleik (Williams) and whoever else is in there, especially with Jack, he just brings that mentality.”
    • Speaking of Jack Sawyer, Tuimoloau called he and his teammate’s accidental collision against Wisconsin “one of the hardest hits” he’s taken. “It was just kind of a loss of wind and I got up just asking who made the stop. But that’s just how hard we play.”
    • So late into the fall, Tuimoloau feels it’s important to be doing the little things right to take care of one’s health. “This time of year everybody’s going to be banged up. I think what matters most is how we take care of our body, what we’re doing outside of the white lines to help out body, mind and soul.”
    • On takeaways from the Rutgers game: “Just staying disciplined. Just doing your job, not feeling like you have to do so many things outside your role. But if your job is to hold the C-gap of fill the A-gap, whatever it may be, just playing as one.”
    • Tuimoloau said that with the success of Ohio State’s defense this year, Jim Knowles has told the unit that teams will try more trick plays like Rutgers’ double snap/fumblerooski. “I didn’t know what happened. I was under the pile and then I heard the crowd screaming and I’m thinking, ‘Oh it’s our crowd, we probably made the stop.’ Then I get up and he’s running down the field. But I also think that just goes back to being disciplined.”
    • In the same vein, Tuimoloau is prepared to see “anything” against Michigan State on Saturday. “They have nothing to lose.”
    • On emphasizing discipline: “Discipline doesn’t sound like a big thing you have to focus on, but when you’re out there, you peak outside of one game, you’ll understand that you’ve opened up the other gap next to you. So I think it’s just playing hard, playing physical, playing fast and just knowing your job.”
     
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