MOBILE, Ala. --- As the center and anchor for the offensive line and a strategic communication major at The Ohio State University, Mike Brewster knows about having a game plan, sticking to it and executing assignments.
Brewster, one of four former Buckeyes taking part in the 2012 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala, arrived Sunday, underwent some testing and was officially weighed and measured in front of NFL coaches and front office personnel Monday morning.
“The first day was kind of hectic with these psychological exams and stuff, but it’s really great to be here,” Brewster said. “We’ve been in film and getting ready for the day’s practice. I’m just getting focused now and ready for practice.”
Brewster was an All-American and first-team All-Big Ten Conference performer in 2010, the same season he was named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is given every year to the most outstanding center in college football.
Brewster is putting his experience at Ohio State to good use in competition with and against some of the best college football players in the country. He also received some pointers on what to expect from the Senior Bowl experience from his former teammates.
“Every day at practice was a challenge, so I definitely think that will pay dividends,” Brewster said of Ohio State. “It really comes in the preparation the last couple weeks and really, four years of college. Now, it’s just show time and it’s time to go out there and do it. Anytime you get a chance to go against the best, you want to measure yourself.”
He added, “They pretty much just said, ‘Always be hustling,’ which is a given and do everything you can to prove to these scouts that you’re worthy.”
Brewster was a four-year starter and team captain who started 49 consecutive games for Ohio State, one shy of the school record. Former linebacker and current Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell set the standard with 50 consecutive starts.
Brewster played in 12 games and started the final 10 during his freshman year at Ohio State. He started each of the remaining 39 games in his career. During that time, he played exclusively at the center position, but is open to anything should he be asked to switch to guard.
“I’m sure someone will want to see me play some guard in one-on-ones or whatnot,” Brewster said. “When the opportunity comes, I’ll be ready to do that. I haven’t played guard since high school, but I’m a natural athlete, so I feel like if I have to, I will.”