Ohio State '20 NJ LB (SR) - Cody Simon

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    • Simon said he wants to “be as versatile as possible” in 2023 and be capable of playing different linebacker positions. He primarily played Sam linebacker last year, but he wants to help out the defense as much as he can by extending his versatility.
    • On playing different positions, Simon said it’s “really the same mentality with each position.” The difference is learning different rules and schemes that come at each spot.
    • On having to sit on the sidelines sometimes in a two-linebacker system behind Steele Chambers and Tommy Eichenberg, Simon said he “loves those guys and they’re my brothers. It’s never wishing you were in there instead of him. Ultimately, it’s up to the coach.”
    • Simon called Eichenberg “such a good leader” and said, “I don’t think anyone on the defense wouldn’t go into battle with him.”
     
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    Ryan Day mentioned Ohio State running back Evan Pryor and linebacker Cody Simon as two of the players who stood out during Saturday’s scrimmage.
     
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    • On his fourth-down stop, Simon said he “just felt like I had to make a play.” He said he prepares like he’s going to play every snap, so he was ready when his number was called to enter the game for that play.
    • On Ryan Day’s postgame comments: “We felt his love for us. And we felt like he always has our back. And in turn, we have his back … We always said we were behind Coach Day no matter what. He’s our leader, and we’ll always have his back.”
    • Simon said he could see when Tyleik Williams was a freshman “that he was gonna be a dominant player,” so he’s not surprised by how well Williams is playing this season.
    • Simon said Chip Trayanum’s transition from linebacker to running back shows how Trayanum is “100% a team player,” and Simon said he is “so proud of him and so happy that he was able to make that big play” by scoring the game-winning touchdown against Notre Dame.
    • Simon described the atmosphere in Notre Dame as “one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever been a part of. Their crowd and their stadium was off the charts.”
    • He said the postgame celebration was “probably the most electric our locker room’s ever been after a game.”
    • Simon said he’s looking forward to watching his brother, Pitt linebacker Shayne Simon, play against Virginia Tech this weekend during the bye week.
    • Asked who he thinks is the best team in college football right now, Simon said “if I didn’t say it was us, I wouldn’t have the trust in my guys.”
     
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