Ohio State '22 CA DT (RS SO) - Hero Kanu

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    • On where he’s taken the biggest steps: “Just getting more reps, overall, in a game. I’m just elevating my game every day. Coach J is pushing me to get better every day, to focus on the small things because it’s never the big things. It’s always like, small (mis)step, small technique (issues). So I’m just trying to fix that and overall I feel like I’m improving so well that I’m not worried about anything else right now.”
    • On the need for more defensive tackle depth in what could be an extended season: “Ohio State, every year is about getting better, being ready to play. But obviously with the extended season, it’s going to be a lot more important. You’re going to have like 17 games and imagine having 70 plays each game, just one starter, it’s too much on your body. So we really rely on everybody to be able to play.”
    • Kanu said the ability to get onto the field and make some plays last year has helped him grow as a player who came in with a more limited football background from Germany. “I think that it’s a big part of it, just getting more reps and more game reps overall. Just like, ‘Hey, put Hero in.’ I’m going on the field and then the first game I made a play. That’s what it’s all about. Then that gives you confidence, it gives you experience and I think all that contributed.”
    • On the difference between practice and game reps: “We try to treat practice like a game, but on gameday if you mess up, there’s no going back. There’s no, ‘Oh, repeat the same play.’ In practice there is. So it’s just a difference of pressure. Make a play when your number is called, that’s what it’s about.”
    • Kanu said his confidence started growing from the start of last season, when he made his first career sack at Indiana in Week 1.
    • On Ohio State’s spring game being on FOX: “No disrespect to any TV or something, but honestly, I don’t care. It’s another practice we have as a team. I’m sure the rest of the team feels the same way. We don’t care about the cameras. That’s all nice and flashy but we’re about the grind. We’re about the practice. We’re getting ready to win a championship.”
    • On when football first became a clear route for his future: “After I received my first scholarship (offer). I was still in Germany, I was working with PPI recruits. Shoutout to (PPI founder) Brandon Collier, that was really the turning point. He was like, ‘Hey Hero, You’ve gotta figure something out.’ I said, ‘What you thinking?’ He said, ‘Man, you might have to go to high school in America.’ ‘Alright I’ll do it, but I don’t know how my mom feels about it (laughs).’”
    • Kanu’s first love was soccer, and he said several teams recruited him to play Europe’s most popular sport as a goalkeeper. His size made him a natural fit to American football, and he said soccer’s flopping culture is something that made him gravitate toward the more physical of the two sports.
    • On how football first came into his life: “I lived in a small village, maybe 200 people, 400 people. There’s one guy, he went to high school in Oklahoma, his name is Philip Okonkwo. He worked with Brandon (Collier) as well. He really got me into it. I lived right next to the soccer field and he was throwing the football, he was just playing soccer and I was like, ‘Hey, let me try that.’”
     
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    HERO KANU READY FOR MORE EXPERIENCE AS HE DEVELOPS FROM SOCCER GOALIE TO OHIO STATE FOOTBALL STAR

     

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