While Bucknuts has chatted with JB Shugarts and Jimmy Cordle recently, it’s actually Michael Brewster who had the most interesting things to say. The interviewers there asked him about a variety of stuff, ranging from tattoos to his passion for the Kansas City Royals, but it was naturally the comments he had about the offensive line that had me hooked.
His tone wasn’t deadpan or stern, but his words were nonetheless serious as Brewster said the offensive line is dedicating this upcoming season to their much maligned position coach, Jim Bollman. Brewster is aware of the heat coming from media and fans, but wants this season to prove the point: it’s not Bollman, the man for whom Brewster said he committed to Ohio State.
Brewster said a variety of things on that point. First, he swears that Bollman gets his players ready in practice and that it’s not entirely fair to hold him responsible for their failure to execute. Per Brewster, he ultimately cannot help it.1 This year, he and his fellow linemen want to prove that he’s one of the best in the college game.
The most interesting remark came from a follow-up on that point. Seeing a thinly veiled message there about last year’s line, an interviewer asked if there was anything he saw from last year’s line that had him (Brewster) telling himself “that’s why Bollman is taking the heat”. It’s hard to fully capture in text what Brewster’s response was, but here’s what it was:
*looks up* Yeah, I mean *looks down* yeah *grins* nothing, uh… *looks back at the interviewer* no comment.
The interviewer, presumably picking up on that point, asked if it would be fair to say that they don’t intend to be anything like that, with Brewster remarking that everyone looks to be in better shape, especially Bryant Browning. ((Justin Boren, however, is the exception. He is massive and strong as an ox.))
Video is below. As I wrote in The Buckeye Battle Cry 2009, I have no interest in being right about my nascent curiosities regarding Bollman’s competence. I hope this is the year where the offensive line is able to vindicate him. Thoughts?
- Ed note: This part of the reason why I want Bollman out of the booth and on the sideline during games. It may be simple correlation, but his offensive lines were so much more effective before he moved to the booth. [↩]