ATHENS, Ohio–The Ohio football team wrapped up 2018 fall camp this afternoon (Aug. 24), on a warm and sunny day inside Peden Stadium.
Redshirt senior tight end Connor Brown (Miamisburg, Ohio) played in eight games for the Bobcats in 2017, and in 2016, Brown played in two games for Ohio, recording one catch for seven yards.
OhioBobcats.com caught up with Brown following the Bobcats' 16thand final practice of fall camp for a quick question and answer session.
Q: Camp is over, how do you think it went?
A: "It was good. It's crazy though. It's my last one and it flew by so fast. I thought it was great, just from the stand point of everyone's mentality and everyone's attitude. Usually in camp you hit that wall at some point, and we just didn't hit that wall. Everyone was positive and excited. I felt like everyone went hard and just fed off of each other and it was great."
Q: How will the tight ends look this year?
A: "There's some new faces. For me, I feel like I've been ready to go for two years. I was lucky to have the two cards that I had drawn with Mason and Troy above me. They did nothing but humble me and teach me a lot to get ready for this year. From the room, I would expect standard operating procedure from the information Mason and Troy had given us last year."
Q: How does the offense look overall?
A: "For one, the whole attitude of the offense is different. Just the mentality that we should be a force to be reckoned with. When I look at the O-line from left tackle to right tackle, it's all proven guys. Everyone's proven. The receivers, the running backs, the quarterbacks. I feel like we should be able to roll together. That's been the mentality all came, that when we get out there, we're going to roll, whether it's on the ground or in the air."
Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: "Just to make sure to keep moving forward with what we had last year at the tight end position. Being able to block and to get out in the routes. I'd just like to be a proven starter in this offense who can be reliable from the first play to the last play and in all situations. Someone who is just there and is someone that the team can rely on."
Q: How do you lead a unit of young guys?
A: It's a lot different than last year when we had all veterans in the room. Now there are three of us left with four new guys. So the role for me came quick, and it came big. I feel like I've done a good job. The twins have also done a good job helping, and just trying to develop these guys. The biggest thing tasked with that is that they are all at different levels, whether it's physically or mentally. It's just trying to work to their level and getting them to where they need to be for the season."
Q: What are the possibilities do you see for the 2018 Ohio football team?
A: "There is no limit to the potential that this team has, and you can just feel it in the air. Offensive and defensive guys are out here just keeping positive energy the whole time. There is no really limit for what we can really do this year."
Q: How does it feel to play a game in just eight days?
A: "It's crazy, but it feels so good. I can tell you that we're ready. People are ready to go and we're ready to hit someone in other colors."
Ohio will open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 with a 2 p.m. ET matchup against Howard at Peden Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).