Success Is Pretty Straightforward For Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker

 Some players on the Buckeyes have more to say than others.  When talking to Ohio State linebackers Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan, it was clear they knew what set themselves up for a trip to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl and a matchup with the Clemson Tigers.

 

Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan and weakside linebacker Jerome Baker have each had impressive seasons for the Buckeyes.

 

As we mentioned last week, McMillan led the team in tackles for the second year in a row.

 

Baker finished second on the team in tackles, but it was his playmaking ability with two timely interceptions against good competition that put him in the spotlight.

 

While the roles of each player aren’t quite the same, it at least sounds like each go about their business in a similar way.

 

Yesterday morning during Fiesta Bowl Media Day I had a chance to speak with both McMillan and Baker.

 

McMillan didn’t speak very loud, but seemed to have a quiet confidence about himself.  After mentioning to him that he’d led the team in tackles the past two seasons and asking how he embraces his role as middle linebacker, McMillan responded saying it’s

Not really my thing to get into all the hype… I’m just trying to be the guy in the middle.

 

Baker was asked what part of his preparation or skill set came into play that led him to make two clutch interceptions this season (one against Oklahoma and one against Michigan).

 

Baker credited the coaches and the preparation, but kept going back to the same phrase.

I just do what I do.

 

The Ohio State football team will do what they do on gameday tomorrow night in Glendale, Arizona.  Play football.  

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