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Ohio Football: Hagan and Bobcat defense locked in on the Wolfpack

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BOISE, Idaho — Day 2 of football practice for the Ohio football team in the indoor facility at Albertson’s stadium as Ohio is trying to live like a champion for Friday’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

If there’s one player that would love to go out on top, it would be senior safety Javan Hagan, who’s playing in his final game as a Bobcat.

“Yeah it’s sinking slowly, just trying to come out here and be a leader for my team,” Hagan said. “Play for them, play for the program and stay positive through anything that happens. In this game, there’s a lot of ups and downs so we have to be prepared. It’s the final moment, so just trying to cap it off with a victory.”

Hagan’s leadership as a captain is certainly showing. The Ohio defense is focused on Friday’s showdown.

“We have a lot of guys locked in on the field,” Hagan said. “We did a great job communicating today. Today is for sure an A+ as far as a progress report goes on practice.”

Nevada’s offense isn’t going to scare you when looking at the production of the Wolfpack offense. But for the Ohio defense, it’s about holding up their end of the deal.

“Never settle. Stay hungry, stay competitive. Make plays,” Hagan said. “We can’t play down to our level. It’s like coach Collins says it’s not who you play it’s how you play. We try to stay away from the statistics and find ways to get the ball back to the offense. We play for each other and play for the team.”

Ohio practices for the final time Thursday afternoon before the bowl game on Friday.