Ohio State 2018-2023 WR - Xavier Johnson

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    Made a difference every time he touched the ball.
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    • On preparing to play his last game: “It means a lot. My time here and the time you put into anything when it finally comes to a close, in a lot of situations, you don’t know when that time will be. But for me having the foresight to know it’ll be the last step in the journey at Ohio State, I’ll be very pensive leading up to it and during it. I want to appreciate it the best I can. I think appreciating it means giving my best on that day.
    • On refocusing after the Michigan loss: “I think it’s hard because we put a lot of work into it. A year’s worth of work goes into that. Coming up short has so much emotion invested into it, it’s hard. The mature group we have in the locker room can come back from it and have something to show for it at the end. Leading a group of guys who are willing and mature enough to take the next step and put the past behind us and to put our best foot forward. Leading a group of guys like that has been a blessing for me this year.”
    • On what he’s seen from Devin Brown and Lincoln Kienholz: Both of them are taking reps and I think both show some playmaking ability. We’re confident in whichever guy coach Day gives the nod to, whoever goes forward we’ll be confident and we’re going out there to win the game.”
    • On knowing a good chunk of his teammates aren’t opting out: “You know it’s a brotherhood at Ohio State, truly. So going out there with my guys and brothers one last time is exciting for me. Putting our best foot forward shows how much we care about each other, this team and this university.”
    • On Devin Brown: “I think Devin has done a great job of leading with the opportunities given to him throughout the season. He’s being himself out there which is important. A lot of times you’ll see guys struggle if they try to emulate someone else. The next step in the maturation process for any quarterback who’s taken over the reins is being themselves in that role. I think you’ll see Devin be himself whenever he has the chance to lead.”
     
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    • Johnson said he’s done his best to “stop and smell the roses” this week during practice as he prepares to play in his final game for Ohio State.
    • On Missouri’s defense: “They play hard. They’re coached well. There’s a lot of good players and they’re a good team. Obviously, we need to play a highly competitive game. We need to bring our best.”
    • On what he’s seen from Devin Brown: “I think we’ve seen exactly who Devin is as a quarterback. He’s done a great job of making the position his own. For me, a big thing is to be yourself. I think that’s necessary to have success. I’m glad he’s taking that next step and you see the maturation of him from day-to-day.
    • On Carnell Tate: “He came in and handled his business like a grown man. I’m so blessed to be able to be his roommate in camp and see how he approaches the game at a young age.”
    • Johnson said he doesn’t know if there’s one singular memory he’ll cherish the most from his time at OSU, but he knows he’ll relish all of it. “I came in as a young man, selfish, I was about taking the world by storm. I went through tribulations and triumphs. Obviously, there was a lot that happened with the maturing process, I’m walking out as someone I’m proud of.”
    • On Brandon Inniss and Noah Rogers: “I think I’ve seen elite playmaking ability (from them). They were highly touted in high school for a reason. They have all the tools, all the speed, all the elusiveness, all the intangibles you need as a receiver, they have it. So watching them over the last month maturing through the bowl prep is really a blessing. Guys have an opportunity to show what they can do and propel themselves into the next season. They’ve done that in a great way.”
    • On what the win would mean for him as a send-off: “Not only to me, but for Buckeye nation and my brothers who are coming back. Bowl season has kind of been minimized in the playoff era, but a mature team realizes you’re setting yourself up for the next season. For us to go out and win, it gives ourselves some ability to hang our hat on how we finished the season. It being my last game, I’ll give it my all to help get that accomplished.”
     
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