Chip Trayanum is Ohio State football’s secret weapon at kickoffs

It was a summer of big changes for Chip Trayanum.

A graduate of Akron Hoban, Trayanum left Ohio in 2020 to play running back for Arizona State, where he racked up 692 yards and 10 touchdowns over two seasons.

Then came this offseason. Traynum transferred to Ohio State and, in order to facilitate the move, accepted a new position. He now plays linebacker.

However, given his history, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day thought he could use Trayanum as a kick returner as well.

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His teammates love the decision.

“He’s one of the fastest guys on the team at 230 pounds,” receiver Emeka Egbuka said. “He can do backflips like nothing happened. He’s one of the strongest guys in the weight room. Me personally, I wouldn’t want to tackle him.

Although he didn’t have a chance to return a kick against Arkansas State and was hit against Toledo, Trayanum’s athleticism is something OSU will continue to do. try to exploit.

Get to know Ohio State linebacker Chip Trayanum

What do you do outside of football? Like, what do you think Ohio State fans might not see?

I know my teammates know that, that’s for sure. And my classmates and teachers know that I’m a laid back, laid back guy. Just super respectful and just always out to have a good time. And being respectful in the moment, knowing when it’s time to work and knowing when it’s time to relax and have fun and just enjoy your free time.

What do you do to enjoy your free time?

Most of the time I just relax my mind. Back home right now, I have my dog, Lola. So whenever I’m home and not in class, I just play with her, I play with my dog. And other than that, relax, lay back, listen to music, light candles, just enjoy the peace of mind.

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You seem very zen, and I want to talk about that, but first tell me about that dog.

She is 16 weeks now. I just got it a month ago. So her name is Lola. She’s like a beige bully pit. Like the. She peed six, seven times before I went to practice, but I still love her. She’ll keep me company, and she’ll make sure I’m straight.

What’s the key to being as cool as you look? Because I would like to get there one day, and so far I’ve come so far.

I feel like I’m in the moment. As so often when you’re here in football it’s all about seizing the moment, about playing, but when you have your free time, your space and your time to relax, that’s when you can really train your mind. Because when you do something like that, or play any sport, it’s just body, body, body. But when you have that downtime, I’m a big believer in training your mind and being grateful. …I feel like it makes you notice the little things more and more.

Do you meditate?

I do.

What kind of meditation do you practice?

Self-reflection meditation. Occasionally, I use the Calm app on my phone. But most of the time it just takes a little time in the morning, whether it’s 10 or 15 minutes, as soon as I wake up, just roll over, get out of bed, say a prayer and then meditate and start my day.

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You mentioned music earlier. What kind of music do you listen to to access this mental space?

Anything cold. Everything is basically some sort of low vibration. Anything cool, soothing, not upbeat.

So you don’t listen to EDM?

No. (laughs) No. Nope. No EDM at home.

Who is your favorite musician?

It’s hard. I do not have any.

What’s your ringtone?

Stem wave.

I’m sorry, what?

An artist named Rod Wave.

Raw wave?

Stem wave.

If you can’t tell, I’m not familiar. But do I sound like someone who should jam to Rod Wave?

(laughs) I can see you after this interview, get in your car, play the Rod Wave and say, “OK. I like this.

That’s exactly what I’m going to do. But first, I have a tough question for you: for or against pumpkin spice?

Actually pro. I literally just broke into the pro – like I literally had to break my shell and literally go out this year and try it more and more, and I love it.

Is it because you’re back in Ohio and can’t avoid it?

I do not know. I do not know. But growing up, I was always like, “Ew, pumpkin. Ew.” And last week, I was at Marshall’s. I almost bought a pumpkin candle, but I talked myself out of it.

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You left the state for a while and then came back. What is one thing that when you came back you didn’t realize you had missed?

Honestly, probably snow. I missed the snow. When I left high school, I tried to get away from it. I hated. But when you’re in a place like Arizona, or you’re just out west where you see him very rarely, it’s almost like a little kid feeling like new, the first time you see him. To see him. To be inside. Don’t drive it. But we all know that being from Ohio.

Yeah. So not the four seasons or lightning…

Oh my God. Lightning bugs! When I first saw the lightning bugs back in June of this year, I thought, “Bro, that’s a lightning bug.” I had become like a little child again. I felt like I hadn’t seen one in five or six years. I was so happy. I just notice the little things in life, man.

When you want to nurture your inner child, what do you do?

That’s an excellent question. When I want to feed my inner child, I feel like I’m going to spend money. I just buy what I want. Most of the time I try to stick to a budget, but my little kid in me, I was a little spoiled growing up. …I just learn to indulge myself once in a while, just give it back to myself because I deserve it because I work so hard. And just always know that it’s OK to be rewarded.

So your parents spoiled you?

Until the age of 7, I was an only child, so you know how an only child is treated with his parents and grandparents? Yeah, I love this life. But I also love my little sister. So it’s worth it.

What’s her name?


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If you were writing a book, what would the title be?

You ask me great questions, Lori. If I wrote a book? I do not know.

What would it be?

Probably noticing the little things.

Is it something your parents taught you or did you learn it somewhere else?

It’s kind of something I took literally earlier this year.

Did something happen, or did it happen gradually?

I just realized that throughout the day we forget so many things. … Like taking a deep breath of fresh air as soon as you step outside. Everyone can breathe normally, but you take that deep breath, you get that moment of well-being. And I feel like everyone is moving at a fast pace, and oftentimes, you just have to take a deep breath, step back, and examine everything.

Ohio State linebacker Chip Trayanum (19) rushed for 401 yards and six touchdowns last season at Arizona State.

What cause are you passionate about?

I would say one cause I’m really passionate about is treating people the way you want to be treated. I’m very passionate about that. As a believer in Christ, I feel like that’s what we’re all here to do. Definitely treat people the way you’d like to be treated, because at the end of the day, you never know what someone’s going through and just a simple “How’s your day?” can change someone’s day. So I firmly believe in it.

Is it difficult to be a football player who is on a pedestal and to be someone whose faith calls him to be a humble servant? Because, I’m sure when you’re in class and your name is called, people turn around and think, “I know him!

Oh no. In fact, during class, the teachers call me DeaMonte, so I doubt anyone knows me as DeaMonte. So being in class is pretty cool, and all my classmates are good people.

DeaMonte, your first name?

Yeah. DeaMonte means diamond in Spanish.

Is that why your name is DeaMonte?

In fact, my dad named me DeaMonte after a car. So it was a 2001 car. I think it was a Mercury or something.

It better have been a fast car.

I doubt. In 2001, I doubt it.

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