Ohio State '21 GA DB (SR) - Jordan Hancock

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    • Hancock said battling a hamstring injury all of last season was difficult but also “eye-opening.” He said it helped him learn how to take care of his body better.
    • He feels like he “knows the defense in and out” and that he’s “matured a lot this year.”
    • The hamstring injury prevented Hancock from exploding the way he usually can, so he thinks he’ll be able to show his explosiveness this year.
    • Hancock said he thinks bringing in Igbinosun “really boosts all of us and he pushes all of us.” He said Igbinosun is a great teammate.
    • Hancock said Burke is “competing way harder” this offseason and has been getting to the facility at 5 a.m. to watch film. “He's definitely moving like a pro.”
     
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    • Jordan Hancock was another player that “had a really good spring” per Walton. “He’s another guy that’s smart, very mature and understands the game. He’s working hard this summer and looking forward to him continuing the path he’s on.”
     
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    • On Hancock: “The game has slowed down for him, so he can play fast. He’s seeing it quicker.” Walton said Hancock is practicing at both cornerback and nickel. “He brings us a lot of versatility.”
     
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    • Hancock said there’s a “huge difference” in how he feels now compared to where he was at this time a year ago. “My explosiveness, my IQ, just being in with Coach Mick, Coach Walt, they really upped my game.” He thinks his biggest areas of improvement have been his physicality and ability to match receivers’ routes.
    • Hancock said he’s splitting reps at cornerback and nickel. He said he enjoys playing nickel because “you hit people more.” He said it’s a smooth transition from playing cornerback to playing nickel.
    • Hancock said it affected his performance last season that he was unable to practice for eight weeks due to his hamstring injury. “I just got thrown into the fire. But I’m thankful to be thrown in that fire because I learned from those games and now it’s better off.”
    • Hancock said Igbinosun “moves like a vet” even though he’s only a sophomore. “He doesn’t play around at all. He comes in here working.”
    • Hancock said Burke is “being a really good leader” for the cornerback unit. “When maybe young guys step out of hand, he’ll speak up, and that’s going to make our room even better.”
     
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