LOS ANGELES — Ohio State and Washington haven’t played since 2007, but there is some familiarity between the programs.
Buckeyes defensive co-coordinator Alex Grinch came to Ohio State this season after serving as defensive coordinator at Washington State. He made an impression on the Huskies.
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“Really good,” Washington offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan said. “Really, really good. He was always tough. Regardless of where Washington State was (statistically), you knew he was going to pose a lot of issues. And that’s certainly the biggest game of the year always for us.”
Hamdan said that as he studied Ohio State for Tuesday’s Rose Bowl, he could see Grinch’s imprint on the Buckeyes’ defense.
“They’ve always been very difficult to manage up front with the amount of movement they’ve had,” Hamdan said. “Really sound in coverage. He’s as good a coach as there is.”
Jones talks gory
details of injury
Dre’Mont Jones has discussed the gruesome leg injury he suffered in the Ohio State locker room at Woody Hayes Athletic Center last year, but not as in depth as he described it this week.
The Ohio State defensive tackle said he was engaged in horseplay and didn’t see the drawer of a locker was open. He ran into it and sliced open his left leg, requiring 50 stitches.
Jones missed a couple of games but has had no long-term effects.
“At the time, I didn’t know how serious it was, because I saw my veins and a little bit of my bone,” he said. “The fat was hanging out of my leg. It was a deep cut. But it’s so crazy because I didn’t tear anything, didn’t hurt anything. I have all feeling in my leg. I feel fine. I feel like nothing happened at all.”
Jones was first-team All-Big Ten this season. He will enter the 2019 NFL draft and is expected to be an early pick.
Cooper has fun
Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper has an outgoing personality, but he never really thought of himself as a budding thespian.
Then he took an acting class his freshman year, which the Gahanna native said has been his favorite course in college.
“I had to stand up in front of the class and do a whole monologue, and it was fun,” Cooper said. “The teacher was really fun, too. That’s what really made the class. But it was a fun monologue and he was like, ‘You should take this acting thing more serious and get into it.’ ”
Cooper appreciated the compliment but has stuck to being a consumer and family financial services major. He has earned OSU Scholar-Athlete and All-Academic Big Ten honors.
But being in Los Angeles has made him think about his foray into acting.
“I heard Terrence Howard was just in Disneyland,” he said. “Maybe I’ll go up to him and be like, ‘Yo, maybe you got a spot?’ ”