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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State not changing plans at defensive back

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Ohio State defensive backs will keep the same approach. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State not changing plans at defensive back

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Ohio State DBs need to step up

Ohio State isn’t going to change what it’s doing defensively in response to some struggles from the secondary. If the defense is going to improve, it’s going to come from defensive backs playing up to their potential.

“A lot of us have the same philosophy when it comes to being top-down on a guy and in phase,” new cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said. “That gives you some ease that we’re doing and teaching the right things. We’ve just got to teach it and emphasize it more. We work diligently on that. I think we all understand that we’ve got to get a lot better, and our guys are working at it. I’m confident it will happen, for sure.

“We get beat, we never accept it. That’s who we are. That’s what we signed up for. There are some situations where we will play some zone. We will play some bail [technique]. But that’s who we are, our guys understand that and we know we have to get it done.”

Carpenter analyzes defense

Former Ohio State and NFL linebacker Bobby Carpenter was in the Lettermen Row film lab for his first episode of BuckIQ to break down a handful of defensive letdowns from last week’s win over the Hoosiers. And once again, the issues appear to be correctable as the Buckeyes keep developing and gearing up to compete for championships in November.

5-star DB to visit Ohio State

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro cornerback Kelee Ringo, a 5-star prospect in the class of 2020, will visit Ohio State on Saturday. Landing elite out-of-state talent doesn’t happen without some unofficial visits, so getting him to Columbus at this point in the process is crucial for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State’s class of 2020 is on a better trajectory than the 2019 class in terms of compiling top-end talent, and throwing another such player into the mix never hurts.

New depth chart released

Ohio State released its depth chart for the Indiana game. The entire depth chart can be seen here.

Cade Stover story time

This week’s journal entry from Ohio State commit Cade Stover is another good one. The Mansfield linebacker wrote about his homecoming experience and the upcoming harvest season, both of which were interesting to read about. He also mentioned that it’s more difficult to get to games during harvest, which is why he’s making it a priority to get down to Columbus this weekend while he still can:

“Because of harvest, it is harder for me to get to Columbus for Ohio State games. So this weekend when the Buckeyes play Minnesota, I am going to take a few hours to head to campus. I need to get down there and watch the Buckeyes get after it. There’s really nothing like being in my future home and just feeling the love that I get, not just on campus, but everywhere in Columbus as a city. There is no place like Ohio State, with the entire state behind us and supporting us.”

His full entry can be read here.

Counting down

  • Ohio State vs. Minnesota: 2 days
  • The Game: 43 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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