August 2, 2007

No questions with Gholston

Chicago, Ill - While much has been made of the returning defense for the Buckeyes there has been a bit of fear when it comes to breaking down the defensive line unit. Gone are players like Quinn Pitcock, David Patterson and Jay Richardson but that doesn't phase returning starter Vernon Gholston who now changes his role from new kid on the block to the grizzled old veteran.

"I wouldn't like to think that I was old," Gholston joked. "Some days I feel like that between my knees and my back. But it's good and I know the long way that I have come and the guys that mentored me. Taking everything they gave me I am putting it into the younger guys we have now."

Gholston will not be the oldest player on the line with other fourth year juniors Nader Abdallah and Alex Barrow joining him but Gholston will be the only returning starter on a unit that is packed with potential even if they are short on experience.

"I know definitely with me being the experienced player and a former starter that I have to fulfill that role," Gholston said. "With me being a fourth year junior and having one year of starting under my belt means I have to become a leader and mature a little faster than maybe some guys would say I should have. It's something I welcome and the younger guys definitely welcome me in that role."

The defensive tackle position will definitely be a young one with Todd Denlinger and Doug Worthington looking to make the leap from back-up to starter. Does the returning all-Big Ten performer see much of a drop-off from what he played next to in 2006 to what could be in 2007?

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