It hasn’t taken long for Ohio State freshman guard and Fort Worth All Saints alumnus Demetrius Knox to gain perspective on how far he’s come. He’s part of a Buckeyes team that had advanced to the College Football Playoff title game as a No. 4 seed, and Knox will always cherish the experience of Ohio State’s upset of No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to set up a visit to his home turf of North Texas. Knox is unlikely to play Monday, he’s eager to help his teammates as they take the field at AT&T Stadium, where he played as a freshman in high school. He said his Buckeyes teammates have been asking about one key feature at the stadium: “Everyone is asking me what the Jumbotron is like.”
What was this season like for you knowing you could have a chance to come home to play for a championship? It means a lot to me. My family is 20 or 25 minutes away. They can see me whenever they want and I can see them whenever I want. For me to share that with them here means a lot. My mindset was just, we had to get back. Everybody has a part on the team and we all had to do what we had to do to get there.
What was it like for you to watch the “next man up” philosophy executed so well with all the injuries your team suffered this year? It’s been an experience. The coaches and my strength coaches, they’ve been prepping us from Day One that when ever your number is called you just step up. They’ve trained us since Day One, so whatever adversity comes our way, we’re already there. When one of our QBs goes down, we know whoever is behind him, they can get the job done.
Is there something in Texas that you miss now living in Ohio? Whataburger. Big time. BBQ chicken sandwich.
You were teammates in high school with several current TCU players. Was there much talk between y’all when that final playoff spot was coming down to the wire? They were a little salty that we’re in this position, but they played really hard and if there was a fifth team, I think they should be in.
What’s been the best part about being at Ohio State for you so far? I’d have to say learning. Coach [Urban] Meyer is one of the best coaches in America. I’m learning from the best of the best every day.