Ohio State '20 TX OL (SR) - Donovan Jackson ('22 First Team All-BIG)

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    • Jackson said there’s more competition between the offensive line this year because everyone is vying for a spot. “Everyone’s learning to the best of their knowledge and absorbing information quickly and putting the meeting room on the field. It’s a very nice experience, we’re trying to get off the rock and run the ball and pass block as effectively as we can as an O-line.”
    • Jackson said each offensive lineman has a different approach depending on how many reps they’ve received and some will have questions, so he said it’s his job to help answer them since he’s been at OSU for three seasons.
    • Jackson said the meeting time with the offensive line is “very serious” and the group gets straight to buisness because to make everything go, the offensive line has to be on-point.
    • On Jimmy Simmons, Jackson said he’s a “pillar strength guy” and is very strong and capable of handling bullrushes and redirecting defensive ends. “He’s very talented, which is why he chose to come to a place like Ohio State.”
    • Jackson said the offensive line has tried to have a close-knit unit and over the offseason hosted BBQs and get-togethers to make sure guys get to know each other.
    • On his own personal performance, Jackson said he’s a lot more detailed than he has been in previous seasons.
     
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    • On the offensive line having three new starters in Simmons, Hinzman and Fryar: “Three new guys – it doesn’t really matter. We have to be on the same page.” Jackson said he trusts the three new starters to “get after it” in practice on Thursday and Friday and in the game on Saturday.
    • Jackson said Indiana “gives us a lot of fronts, a lot of movement,” and added, “They bring guys from everywhere.” Still, Jackson believes that if Ohio State is prepared with its film study and fundamentals, the Buckeyes should be able to handle whatever the Hoosiers throw at them.
    • Jackson said Simmons is “as strong as an ox.” He said Simmons is “picking things up fast” and believes the San Diego State transfer will be ready for his first game in an Ohio State uniform on Saturday.
    • Jackson said he is confident in how Ohio State’s offensive line will perform on Saturday against a Big Ten opponent: “We believe in our training, what we did in the summer, what we’ve done in camp so far.”
    • Jackson said he was “nervous” before his first appearance as a Buckeye against Minnesota in 2021. Jackson said his advice for Simmons, Hinzman and Fryar would be, “Coming into a road environment, you have to band with your brothers. … The 11 guys on the field, that’s all you need.”
    • Jackson said he is excited to play in Ohio State’s first game after weeks of preseason practice. “I’m tired of seeing Tyleik (Williams) across from me. I am ready to see somebody else now.”
     
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