Meet a Buckeye: DE Lawrence Wilson

Staff Writer
The Columbus Dispatch

As one of the more vocal and excitable Buckeyes, defensive end Lawrence Wilson had a tough time sitting out last season because of a broken leg. He cheered his teammates from the sideline, but it's not the same.

Now that he's back, his exuberance already has shown itself, namely in a combination somersault/back flip he executed after nearly snagging a second interception against Ohio University a few weeks ago.

Given this energy level, it's interesting to find out he enjoys the laid-back Caribbean culture:

Q What was the toughest part about not playing last season?

A It didn't really, really hit me until the Washington game (Wilson didn't make the trip). I saw when they were warming up, they put the camera on the D-line and I saw my guys warming up. I was just crushed on the inside because I wanted to be out there with them so bad.

Q Do you feel yourself playing differently this year because you missed a year?

A I definitely think so. I don't take anything for granted at all. I try to have a good practice every day. I don't want to just get through practice -- I want to get better every practice.

Q You went all out on your celebration a few weeks ago. What's up with that?

A I didn't know what was going on until I landed. I did that one time in high school. I got a couple calls (after the game) like, "Man, you just did a flip." When I saw it (on film), I was like, "Oh, man, the coaches are going to kill me." So it was pretty interesting.

Q That wasn't planned, then?

A When I do it, I don't even think about doing it. I'm just a passionate guy. That's what I felt at the time. Whatever I do, I do it hard.

Q According to the media guide, your dream vacation is the Bahamas and your favorite class is Caribbean literature. You have a thing for the Caribbean?

A Yeah, I took a class with Dr. Newton on Caribbean literature. We learned about their culture, different aspects of their life and it just seemed extremely interesting.

Q What about the culture intrigues you?

A Just their low-key society. They're just so chill; they chill about everything. It just seemed like a fun place to be.

Q You originally committed to Notre Dame before switching to Ohio State. Do you ever think about what might have happened had you gone to Notre Dame?

A I thought about it once or twice, but then I thought, "You're here for a reason, and you picked the right choice."

Q You would have been 24-16 for your career right now instead of 36-6.

A (Laughing) They've had a couple of tough seasons. I just love being here. My family is here, it's the greatest fans in the land, greatest place to be. I'm just excited.