ATHENS, Ohio– Redshirt senior offensive lineman Durrell Wood (Columbus, Ohio) is entering his sixth season with the Bobcats. While he was unable to play a game in 2017, in 2016, Wood started in all 14 games at guard for Ohio. Wood anchored the offensive line, which gave up just 19 sacks through the season and averaged 26.3 and 392.3 yards per game, including 167.9 rushing yards per game.
OhioBobcats.com caught up with Wood following the Bobcats' 15th practice of fall camp today for a quick question and answer session.
Q: How is camp going?
A: "Honestly, I think this camp is going really well. We have a lot of experienced guys. We have a lot of people who know how to get through a camp, and do it the right way. I feel like this camp, since were old, guys are picking things up faster and it's moving along a lot faster."
Q: With this being camp number six, how has the process gotten easier as time has gone on?
A: "I feel like my number one thing that I had trouble with as a freshman coming in, was time management. Sometimes, I still have a problem with time management. This camp has been a lot less straining on our bodies, and I feel like it has been a lot easier to get ready for classes. Camp is mentally training, but it's not as physically straining as it has been in the past."
Q: How has how fall camp evolved over the past six years?
A: "When I first got here, it was pretty rough. We were going 26-27 periods and not counting the warm-up. Now, we count the first four periods as a warm up. We had two practices a day because we were still doing two-a-days and we had way more hitting and more contact. As the years have gone on, more rules have been enforced, so now we can only practice one time a day with a walk through. We hit a lot less. That's not an NCAA rule, that's just to prevent injury. Usually you hit more if you have a less experienced team, but since we're mainly older guys, we don't need as much contact."
Q: How does the offensive line look?
A: "This is one of the best offensive lines that I've ever been a part of. We all have played together for a long time. I battled injuries now and then, but I feel like I know these guys like brothers. Playing next to them is going to be a piece of cake. We're all older and know what we're doing, so I feel like it's going to be a great year for the O-line."
Q: What goals do you have for yourself?
A: "I want to get back to where I was at and show people that I'm still able to do a lot of things. I've battled the injury bug for a long time. That's always a setback. This year I've learned how to take care of my body a lot more. I just want to show what I'm capable of doing."
Q: What was your reaction when you were granted your sixth year?
A: "It was a blessing. I'm not super religious, but I knew someone was looking out for me. It was a real blow to lose my fifth year and not play a single game my senior year. I talked with Nathan Carpenter, and he talked me into looking into the sixth year. He brought that to my attention and then I took it to the coaches. Thankfully, the coaches like me enough to go through with it. I felt blessed."
Q: What do you believe the true potential of this team is?
A: "To be honest, the potential of this team is unbelievable. If we play to our highest potential every single game, and we do what we can do, I don't see a lot of teams that would be able to beat us. To do that, we're going to have to keep out foot on the gas and keep getting better every day."
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).
2018 Ohio Football Fall Camp Remaining Schedule
Practice 16 – Aug. 24 – 1:30 p.m.