Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey will be at the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes over the Oregon Ducks.
The last time the two teams last met, in the 2010 Rose Bowl, Posey led the Buckeye receiving corps with eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State's 26-17 win. Teammate Eddie Pleasant, a junior at Oregon at the time, faced Posey in the bowl game. The two have kept the rivalry going strong ever since.
"I think, actually, the trash-talking hasn't stopped since 2010," Posey said Monday in an interview with Texans Radio. "That's the last time we played. We're really close and really good friends. We came in as rookies together."
Posey, who currently ranks seventh in school history with 136 receptions and 18 touchdowns, has been impressed with Urban Meyer's coaching. Meyers' emphasis on complementary football, especially special teams, has been a big factor in their playoff run which included knocking off No. 1 ranked Alabama in the semifinals.
"He's just a relentless coach," Posey said. "He requires so much of those guys on and off the field, the way they carry themselves, the way they approach each workout – they are not even allowed to yawn."
Cardell Jones, the Buckeyes third-starting quarterback this season, hopes to lead the Buckeyes to an eighth national championship title. Posey gives credit to Ohio State's quarterback coach Tom Herman, who accepted an offer to become the University of Houston's head coach next season.
"He coached all those boys up and they're all doing the same results and it's pretty amazing to watch," Posey said.
Several other Texans have ties to Monday night's national championship game between Ohio State and Oregon. Linebacker John Simon, nose tackle Ryan Pickett, linebackers coach Mike Vrabel are all former Buckeyes.
Earlier in the season, the Buckeye faction of the Texans made a bet with J.J. Watt which resulted in him wearing Ohio State gear when his Wisconsin Badgers lost to Ohio State.