Ohio State '20 AZ DB (SR) - Denzel Burke ('21 Third Team All-B1G, '23 All-BIG First Team)

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    • Burke said it’s “great to have everyone back” and now the season will come down to “putting everything together and continuing to chase that one percent.”
    • On returning to Ohio State: “I had a first or second round grade, but I had no gold pants, no Big Ten title, no natty. So just being able to come back with my brothers and doing it for the state of Ohio. I’m trying to finish the job this year, that’s the plan.”
    • Burke said Caleb Downs’ film speaks for itself and that he already knows the whole defense. “He’s that guy, and he’s going to do a lot of big things for us.”
    • Burke said the decision on whether to come back or go to the NFL was a difficult one but he decided to come back to try and develop into an “elite cornerback.”
    • Burke said there’s no rush to turn pro because college athletes have NIL now, which puts less urgency into the decision. He said NIL was part of his decision to stay, along with making another run at a conference and national title.
    • On his individual goals: “I want to be recognized as the No. 1 corner in the country. The No. 1 corner taken in the 2025 draft. And (to win) the Jim Thorpe. I have a lot of big personal goals this year that I’m striving daily to reach and get one percent better every day. Team goals, I want to continue to bring leadership skills to the team, especially to the young guys. Because young guys, they’re always one injury away. And continuing to work hard and try to win it all.”
    • On where he thinks he can improve: “Being a consistent tackler, better in run support, upping my press game, there’s always areas you can get better at and I’m trying to do that.”
    • Burke said OSU will show a lot of new looks defensively this year with different players at different positions. “We’re going to dictate what the offense can do this year. That’s our goal.”
    • Burke said Sonny Styles moving to linebacker will be “scary for offenses” considering his size and ability to run sideline-to-sideline in the box.
    • On his expectations for Ohio State in 2024: “It's natty or bust. That's our mentality.”
    • On Jeremiah Smith: “This may be a big statement, but just the way he handles himself and the way he moves and the potential he has, I feel like he might be the next best receiver to come through here. I’m really excited to see what he can do and the sky’s the limit for him.”
    • On being in the upcoming college football video game: “I was quick to do it. It’s crazy to have an opportunity to be in the game since the last one was in (2014). I feel like my rating should be like a 95.”
    • On Will Howard: “I guess we’ve only had two days of practice so we’ve got a lot more days to go. But you know me, I’ll keep it real. I want to see more. I know he has a lot of potential and I’m excited for him. We have 13 more practices so we’ll see.”
     
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    7. DENZEL BURKE, OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
    Burke was one of many draft-eligible Buckeyes who decided to return to Columbus for another season. The junior dominated when he was left on an island in 2023. Burke allowed a catch on only 19.1% of his targets in single coverage, the eighth-best rate among FBS cornerbacks. Of those 21 targets in single coverage, Burke made more plays on the ball (six combined interceptions and forced incompletions) than he allowed catches (five).

    Burke has the length and speed required to cover receivers one-on-one and will be the veteran leader in a young but talented Ohio State secondary.
     
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