Sep 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave (2) is sacked by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63) during the third quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer says DT Michael Bennett has ‘exceeded expectations’


As much attention as the Ohio State Buckeyes have been receiving this year for their explosive offense, their defense has played just as critical a role in helping the team achieve its 5-0 start. With a huge game against undefeated Northwestern coming up this weekend, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took some time to praise the improved leadership of defensive tackle Michael Bennett.

Said Meyer:

Michael Bennett, his legend continues. A no-name guy that we were kind of disappointed in (last year) has become a good leader. He has become a vocal leader, but his leadership all summer in training camp was by his actions, his work ethic, 4 to 6 seconds of effort (on every play). So he has exceeded my expectations, and he’s performed like an all-Big Ten player (The Columbus Dispatch).

Personally disappointed by his lack of consistent effort in 2012, Bennett says he spent the offseason working on improving his technique and developing a more “tough-nosed” mentality. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound junior knows he still has room to grow and develop, which could spell serious trouble for Big 10 offenses.

[Source: The Columbus Dispatch]

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