September 12, 2010

Tanner impressed by Buckeyes

Ohio State's defense left quite an impression on all that attended Saturday's 36-24 victory over Miami on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, especially the Hurricanes, who scored their only offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes made big plays all afternoon, much to the delight of future Ohio State defensive back Ron Tanner.

"The game was excellent," Tanner said. "I loved the way the defense was flying around and playing physical. The guys looked like they were having fun."

Tanner, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from nearby Eastwood Academy in Columbus, also felt good about the atmosphere inside the Horseshoe.

"It was an exciting atmosphere," he said. "It was a packed crowd with a little section of Miami fans who thought they had a chance. We controlled the whole game and never gave them a chance."

Even though Tanner is about nine months away from enrolling at Ohio State, he spent most of Friday evening staring at his ceiling. He was so anxious for the game he couldn't sleep.

"I was up all night thinking about the game. It felt like I was playing," he said. "It was great to be out there and be a part of it. There were a lot of us commits were there and it was great to talk to those guys."

Tanner said he and the other Ohio State commitments spent some time encouraging the non-committed visitors to pledge to the Buckeyes.

"We talked to some uncommitted guys and tried to get them to be our teammates next season," he said. "I'll stay in their ear, for sure."

Prior to the game Tanner got a fan's perspective of the game. Instead of entering the stadium early he spent some time outside in the tailgate areas.

"That was fun," he said. "There were a lot of people."

Tanner didn't get the chance after the game to celebrate the victory with the Ohio State coaches. Instead, he and his friends tried to beat traffic.

That plan failed, but sitting in traffic only allowed him the opportunity to savor the Buckeyes' victory.

"I spoke with coaches earlier this week in regards to the game and things like that so after the game we tried to beat traffic, but it didn't work out," he said. "We beat the Hurricanes though and that's all that mattered."

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