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

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    • On his decision to return for another season at Ohio State: “There’s a lot that went into it. First, I had to take a step back mentally and really look at (the situation). I spent a lot of time with my family and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, allowing him to lead me. When you’re young, and your dream is right there, you’re so tempted to go and get it. But for me, it was ‘The Brotherhood’ here, and there was a lot more I can improve on skill-wise and where my body wanted to be at. I feel like there was a lot more I could do.”
    • Tuimoloau said the wave of Ohio State players that returned from another year inspired him to return: “The guys we had coming back played a huge role. I’m sure you guys have seen and heard about how many of us came back. I think that speaks volumes of who we are as men and what this culture means to us.”
    • Tuimoloau said he wants to get “leaner” and “twitchier” this season. He also wants to react quicker and “have a motor,” which he said starts in the weight room over the next four to five months and will continue into preseason camp and the regular season.
    • On the Ohio State defense adding pieces like Caleb Downs, and moving around Sonny Styles: “Having Caleb (Downs) and Sonny (Styles) in those positions, we have athletes everywhere. For us being three years in this system now, we should know it, and we know it on the back of our hands. Now we can make a lot of adjustments. … Dudes are gonna be dudes. … They are gonna count on you to make the play. They’ll have your back as well.”
    • On Jack Sawyer’s impact on his decision to return to Ohio State: “Me and Jack talked a lot. A lot is probably an understatement. We’ve had so many goals coming in since our freshman year. When me and him both decided to come back… it allowed us to understand the goals we had set for ourselves and the defense. … Our goals are right there. They are all reachable. Once we thought about that, we became more motivated to come back and get straight to work.”
    • Tuimoloau joked that Ohio State’s returning players almost didn’t announce that they were coming back. He said the players would have just shown up for spring football and that’s how the media and fans would have learned. “We were close to not announcing and y’all could find out during spring ball.”
    • On his expectations for the 2024 season: All the pieces that needed to come back – we came back. All we’re doing is trying to gel, get closer, have our bond be stronger than ever. A lot of people are looking at it as, ‘Natty or bust,’ but I think for us, we are just keeping it in between these walls and learning more about who we are as players and what makes us us.”
    • Tuimoloau called Caleb Downs a “workhorse” who keeps his head down and works at all times. He added that Downs “always keeps growing.”
    • Tuimoloau called Eddrick Houston his “little brother.” He said Houston is a player he can “bond with” that makes workouts and practices fun.
     
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