August 21, 2009

Brewster ready for encore season

COLUMBUS -- Judging by how highly touted offensive lineman Michael Brewster was when committing to Ohio State in April of 2007 - he was a five-star recruit that was rated as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the 2008 class - he was certainly expected to make a difference at some point in his career with the Buckeyes.
It's just that nobody thought it was be this soon.

While offensive line is one of the toughest positions to adjust to from high school to college, Brewster earned his way into Ohio State's starting lineup as the center last season and had quite the impact.

Despite the fact that there was undoubtedly a learning curve, Brewster was more than serviceable at the position and is actually regarded as one of the Buckeyes' better offensive linemen heading into 2009.

"Going from the beginning of last year all the way to the Michigan and even the Texas game, I feel like I made some big improvement and came a long way, but there is also obviously a long way to go," Brewster said. "I feel like what I know now and the way my body is in shape combined with my new techniques, I should be able to make a 100 percent improvement."

Because Brewster was so highly-touted coming out of high school, it was no surprise that he was able to step in and bring a new aggressiveness, and while Brewster admitted that he was surprised at the extent of his success, he also realized his hard work paid off as well.

"My whole life I have somehow make it on the field and stay out there and it was hard on me the first few games when I really wasn't playing that much," Brewster said. "But there is a quote in my car that I really believe in and it says, 'I am not a great believer in luck, but I find the harder I work the more I have of it.' That's how my whole life has been. I work hard and I get a break here and there on the way, and then I maximize on my opportunities."

Brewster has cut down on some excess fat and now reportedly weighs just a shade under 300 pounds, feeling as good physically as much as he had at any other point of his life.
Now that his body is in shape, Brewster has even bigger goals.

"I definitely don't want to get beat. It is going to happen sometimes because everyone makes mistakes, but I really want to minimize those mistakes," Brewster said. "I also am going to make sure that my technique is up to par this year and also my knowledge of the game.

"Technique is huge and I can't say how important it is," Brewster added. "If you can be quick and also have good technique, you are really going to be able to stand out."

It was just a matter of months between blocking nose guards in high school to having to block some of the best defensive lineman in the country in the Big Ten, and Brewster recognized how big a difference there is.

This season, however, he has nearly a whole year of experience under his belt.

"I beat them sometimes and they beat me sometimes," Brewster said of the opposition last year. "The goal this year is obviously to beat them a lot more times than them to beat me."

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