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Scarlet Sunrise: Lejond Cavazos sheds black stripe, enters mix in secondary

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Ohio State cornerback Lejond Cavazos lost his black stripe this week. (Austin Ward/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Lejond Cavazos sheds black stripe, enters mix in secondary

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Lejond Cavazos sheds black stripe, enters mix in secondary

Another member of the 2020 Ohio State recruiting class has lost his black stripe, and he could immediately enter the mix in the Buckeyes struggling secondary.

Lejond Cavazos was a four-star recruit at this time last year, ready to sign with the Buckeyes and compete for playing time. Now a year later, he’s a freshman who just got healthy after an injury during camp, and with the Buckeyes searching for answers, Cavazos could play a role in the secondary down the stretch for the Buckeyes.

The black stripe doesn’t signal that Cavazos will play; it simply means he has done enough on the practice field to be an official member of the football program. But if the secondary continues to give up big plays, some freshmen and other younger players may become an option for Kerry Coombs and the coaching staff. And Cavazos seems to be right in the mix.

Zach Boren breaks down Baron Browning’s rise

Baron Browning’s performance Saturday against Indiana brought mixed reviews from Browning himself.

He was part of the dominant Ohio State defensive front that allowed negative-one rushing yard and didn’t let the Hoosiers do anything on the ground. But he was also part of the pass defense that gave up nearly 500 yards passing to Michael Penix. But all in all, the performance just shows the diverse role Browning is asked to play in the Buckeyes defense. And he keeps getting better every week.

How is Baron Browning helping Ohio State most this season? What can the versatile linebacker keep doing as the Buckeyes look for some defensive improvements at Illinois? Where is Browning the most dangerous on the field? Former Ohio State linebacker Zach Boren put on the film and answered those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Ohio State has plenty of questions to answer after its top-10 win over Indiana, and Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters is back for yet another show to break down every Buckeyes angle.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by former Ohio State players Justin Zwick, Doug Worthington, Michael Bennett and Anthony Schlegel for a discussion about the Buckeyes rocky shootout win over Indiana. The guys break down everything from the offensive power the Buckeyes have, the problems in the defensive backfield and how the Ohio State coaching staff can get things fixed on defense. They also made sure to preview the upcoming trip to Illinois and give a game pick.

Nicole Cox from Roosters also joined the show to give an update about how to safely watch the Buckeyes while enjoying Roosters this fall and give a game pick of her own for Saturday’s game against Illinois.

Don’t miss this edition of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems

Lettermen Row Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems: The Whatever It Takes Pregame Show will be back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House next Thursday to preview the weekend full of college football games, including the Buckeyes road game next week against Michigan State.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the latest developments and preview the weekend of football ahead, including the Buckeyes game against Michigan State. Come out to see Bobby Carpenter, Zach Boren, Anthony Schlegel and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming games and how they think the Buckeyes will fare against the Spartans.

Get set with the panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light. Don’t miss the next show next Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.