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Senior Leaders Say Vibe Is Different

Doug Worthington is in a position to lead.

Most of Ohio State's team leaders from the past few seasons have departed, leaving what could have been a vacuum as the Buckeyes look for steadying hands. Into that breach have stepped a core of seniors who in Chicago said they have seen more competition and -- dare we say? -- swagger so far during preparation for the upcoming season.

The names and faces that recently defined Ohio State football did so for what seems like ages. Players like James Laurinaitis, Marcus Freeman, Brian Robiskie, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Wells and Alex Boone rose to prominence in 2006 – or earlier – and were the team's best players and leaders for multiple seasons. So as Kurt Coleman, Doug Worthington and Jake Ballard accompanied head coach Jim...

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