Meadowdale grad says Ohio State Buckeyes are ‘locked in’ for Fiesta Bowl

Ke'Von Huguely at Fiesta Bowl Media Day on Dec. 29, 2016.
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Ke'Von Huguely at Fiesta Bowl Media Day on Dec. 29, 2016.

Ke’Von Huguely is a sophomore walk-on running back at Ohio State.

Ke’Von Huguely remembers watching the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2014 playoffs when he was a senior at Meadowdale High School and admitted Thursday during Fiesta Bowl Media Day he didn’t think they would win it all.

“I didn’t think they were going to go that far,” said Huguely, a walk-on sophomore running back. “I’m glad I’m a part of it now. Being a part of it is special.”

Scout team players have worn Clemson orange all week in practice at Notre Dame Prep High School in preparation for Saturday’s game. Huguely has played slot wide receiver, doing his best impression of Clemson’s No. 13 Hunter Renfrow.

Hugely said the game plan has been in place before the Christmas break, and it’s just a matter of perfecting it this week. He was here with the Buckeyes a year ago at the Fiesta Bowl, but this time the bowl is a semifinal game in the College Football Playoffs, so it feels different.

“Practice has been different,” Huguely said. “The whole mentality has been different. We’re really locked in.”

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Ke'Von Huguely, a Meadowdale grad, is a walk-on running back at Ohio State.

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Huguely, a walk-on running back fro Ohio State, goes 1-on-1 with the Fiesta Bowl mascot Spirit at media day on Dec. 29, 2016.

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The players do get some down time. A group of them saw the new Denzel Washington movie, “Fences,” and they’ve also visited a mall. At media day, Huguely had fun by going against the Fiesta Bowl mascot, Spirit, in a push-up contest. Spirit won, Huguely said, but cheated.

“It’s been a good experience,” Huguely said. “The weather feels good out here. It’s better than Ohio’s weather.”

The Buckeyes haven’t played a game in a month, but that game against  Michigan remains fresh in their memories.

“I was so nervous,” Hugely said. “Some of the players couldn’t even watch. The stadium was loud. That’s probably the loudest I remember it being. It was crazy. I got lost in the middle of the crowd.”