Meet a Buckeye: Bosa warms up as freshman starter

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Joey Bosa battles against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in September.

When starter Adolphus Washington suffered a groin strain in the second game of this season, Joey Bosa was thrust into the starting lineup for the first road game against California and has been there ever since. Bosa has an impressive football pedigree. His father, John, was a star at Boston College and a first-round NFL draft pick of Miami in 1987, and his uncle, Eric Kumerow, was a standout defensive end at Ohio State and a first-round pick of the Dolphins in 1988.

Question: You move up here from Florida, and there was snow last week in the middle of October. How did you cope?

Answer: Most people from Florida haven’t really been in cold weather before, but I’ve been lucky to have been in some pretty cold weather in my past, so it’s not too bad. It’s going to get pretty bad, though, I’m sure.


Q: When, where or how did you experience the cold in your childhood?

A: We used to go to Colorado almost every year.


Q: Were you there to go skiing?

A: Yeah, stuff like that. Snowboarding.


Q: Why Colorado?

A: I went there with my family. We’d go to get away for a week or so. It was pretty fun. I’d look forward to it every year.


Q: Ohio State has a 20-game winning streak going, the second-longest in school history, but you have personal streak of 18 in a row. How much fun has it been to roll from one streak, winning the last 10 games of your high-school career, right into another?

A: I’ve always been from a winning background, at St. Thomas. It makes the transition easier, I guess. I mean, it’s always good to win. No one likes to lose.


Q: What has been the coolest thing you have learned in the short time that you have lived up here?

A: It’s more the coolest thing that I’ve noticed, which is the fan base we have at Ohio State, and the connections we have, and how crazy they are. People from Ohio State are just everywhere you go. It is such a big community. It’s cool seeing that.


Q: What was it like down on the field last Saturday night under the lights, playing front of the fourth-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history, and helping pull off a huge victory?

A: There’s nothing like it. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.


Q: How tough has it been to step up so quickly to starter as a freshman?

A: Coming in, I tried to have no expectations. I just came to work. It definitely is not an easy transition, and I started off pretty slow. But I think I’m doing a pretty good job.


Q: Did your uncle Eric tell you what to expect once you got to Ohio State?

A: Surprisingly, I really didn’t talk to him too much about it. I got to see him a few weeks ago when we played at Northwestern, which was cool. But we really didn’t talk much about it.


Q: What has it been like to be starting as a freshman on a team that is No. 4 in the country?

A: It’s crazy. I know that’s something I never expected, to come in and start here my first year. It has been a blast. It has been a lot of work, too, but it has been awesome.

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