Consider Marcus Whitfield (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) a believer.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior no longer sits on the edge of his seat -- well, at least he says he doesn’t -- when an Ohio State football game is in peril.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a 1-point win over Michigan State, a 3-point victory over Indiana or an overtime thriller against Purdue, Whitfield knows the eventual outcome and enjoys the win.
Basically, the junior wide receiver’s retort is, “They got this.”
“I know they can handle it,” said Whitfield, who has interest from the Buckeyes. “I know they can come back.”
What he sees in Ohio State is what he sees in his Massillon Tigers, who enter the final regular-season game against Canton McKinley with an 8-1 mark. It’s a team that gets pushed to the limit, but still comes out with the haymaker in the end.
Whitfield also predicts the Buckeyes will go undefeated.
“They’re real close,” he said. “I think they can do it this year. “It would mean a lot for the program. With all the things that happened with the whole tattoo thing, this will get them going past it all.”
Whitfield, who has 21 catches for 416 yards with 3 touchdowns this season, credits the offensive scheme fitting the team for Ohio State’s turnaround from last year.
It’s a scheme he can see himself in. It’s also a system he wants to see live on Nov. 24, when the Buckeyes play Michigan at The Horseshoe in what he hopes is a chance for Ohio State to go undefeated.
“I’d like to get there,” he said. “I want to see a lot of energy out of both teams.”