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

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    • Jackson confirmed that he will play in the Cotton Bowl but has not yet decided if he will enter the NFL draft. “I want to end the year off on a good note. The season is longer than a lot of people think. The offseason is hard on a lot of people, then camp, then going through the season. You rock with these guys for so long. The 2023 Buckeyes will never be the same after this year. I want to rock with the guys I’ve been with for a long time. It’s ‘The Brotherhood’ for a reason.”
    • A native of Bellaire, Texas, and graduate of Episcopal High School, Jackson said another reason he’s excited to play in the Cotton Bowl is because he’s “heard the bowl is in a really cool state.” Jackson said he plans to have 12+ friends and family attend the game. “I’m excited. It’s a great bowl game, a great opportunity to end the season on the right note against a fantastic opponent. It’s gonna be a game.”
    • Jackson said his performance in Ohio State’s final drive of the Michigan game is what stands out to him about the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan. “Personally, I did not play well on that last drive. … I’ve replayed (those moments) for a very long time a couple of times. I had to get pulled out of my room by my roommate Zen (Michalski). He was like, ‘C’mon, man. You gotta get out of your room, do something, look at the sun for a while.’ But all you can do is learn from it, move on from it and try to grow from it. … Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for you.”
    • “We have a great opportunity to go out there one more time and play Ohio State football.”
    • On the development of Ohio State’s offensive line in the regular season: “I’m proud of the O-line and how we progressed every week. I felt like we got better every week in terms of running the ball and putting hats on hats. It sucks that it ended the way it did (against Michigan), but we gotta watch the film on it, grow from it and keep going from there.”
    • Jackson said he and other members of Ohio State’s class of 2021 have talked about whether or not they will play in the Cotton Bowl and what their futures look like in 2024 and beyond. “At the end of the day, everyone has their own path. Everyone has their own responsibilities. Whatever the individual chooses, I’m gonna be happy and proud of them regardless.”
    • On what he hopes to see from Devin Brown in the Cotton Bowl: “What he’s been doing – executing plays. He’s a very talented player. He got rolled up against (Penn State). He’s been trying to rehab and come back from that. He’s looking to execute plays. We’re looking to him to run the offense. He’s the leader we have to listen to. In the couple of practices we’ve had, he’s shown he has the qualities to be a good leader. … I’m looking forward to it.”
    • Jackson said he is his own biggest critic and that his performance could have been better in the regular season. He said he is proud of the way he always “played hard” for the Buckeyes.
     
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    • On his decision to come back: “A lot went into it. I talked to guys in my class and where their heads were at, but at the end of the day, it came down to my decision and I thought I just wasn’t content with my college career yet. ... I feel like, in terms of what I want to show for myself, what I want to leave behind, it wasn’t quite where I wanted it yet.”
    • Jackson added that he felt like a weight was lifted off his shoulders once he made his decision to return.
    • The team’s shortcomings against Michigan and in other losses also motivated Jackson to come back. “I feel like, yeah, we’ve won games, but we haven’t won (all) the games that we’ve wanted to win here.”
    • Jackson reached out to a lot of former Buckeye linemen in the NFL for advice, including Paris Johnson Jr., Nicholas Petit-Frere and Thayer Munford. He also spoke with C.J. Stroud.
    • On developing a rapport with likely new starting center Seth McLaughlin: “I feel like in terms of chemistry, there’s only so much you can do as an O-lineman with not hitting something. So we’re big, we go out to eat. We’ll go out to eat, we’ll hang out. We’re just trying to build that chemistry. He’s the new guy in the group so we’re just trying to introduce him in, but he’s a great person. He’s fit in just fine.”
    • The Thurman Café was the first spot the Ohio State linemen went to this offseason, Jackson said, and he gave a quick demo on the technique of eating their massive burgers. “You have to squeeze from the back. When people squeeze from the middle, the burger slips out through the back. ... It’s a science.”
    • On the development of left tackle Josh Simmons: “Josh has taken great strides in terms of just the film room, getting better. Obviously, he has a year under his belt now, so he’s expected to play faster, more free. ... He’s being more confident in himself, and that’s all you can do as a guy who has had a year under his belt.”
    • Jackson didn’t name any clubhouse leaders along the right side of the offensive line, but is excited to see how the competition for the open spot plays out this offseason. “That’s the crucible of spring football. A lot of guys go in but only one guy can play. So just kind of fun to see what’s going to happen.”
    • Jackson’s final play at Michigan, when he tripped and fell down to allow a quarterback hit on Kyle McCord that led to a game-sealing interception for the Wolverines, has been a giant motivator for him this offseason. “Any time I lift, I lift with intent so I know that I’m stronger, faster in that situation than I was before. ... It’s definitely a driving factor of what I do waking up in the morning to put myself in the right position to where I don’t do that again.”
     
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