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Navy Targets the Buckeyes

Posted by Lori Schmidt August 6, 2014
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Ohio State football will hold their Media Day this Sunday. What would you put as the over/under on the number of mentions regarding their season opener against Navy on August 30th?

If their Media Day was any indication, the Midshipmen certainly have a pinpoint focus on that game. In fact, coach Ken Niumatalolo addressed it in his opening statement.

“The toughest opening opponent that we’ve ever had since I’ve been here, my 17 years,” he said. “Great players, one of the best players in the country in Braxton Miller and arguably one of the best college football coaches to ever coach in Urban Meyer.”

Niumatalolo is not the only one at Navy who’s familiar with Meyer’s work.

“Growing up I was a Gator fan, when Urban Meyer was there,” said quarterback Keenan Reynolds. “So I always wanted to be a Florida Gator and play for him. Now I get to play against him, so I think that’s pretty cool.”

While it’s, as Reynolds put it, a “cool” opportunity for him and his teammates, Coach Niumatalolo is cautioning that it will take a lot of work to be able to take advantage of it.

“If you cannot go to bed every night,  or look yourself in the mirror at night and say, ‘I did everything I could to get ready?’ If you can’t honestly say that, we’re going to get killed,” he warned.

(A warm thanks to Pete Medhurst, whom I highly recommend as a Twitter follow in the lead-up to the Navy game.)