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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State secondary priding itself on hard hitting

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Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade has been a big part of the defense this season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State secondary priding itself on hard hitting

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Ohio State secondary priding itself on hard hitting

Ohio State has a rejuvenated defense, and while Chase Young and the defensive line grab most of the headlines, the secondary has been stout this season. Not only in deflecting and picking off passes, but the back end has also proven to be full of capable run stoppers. Shaun Wade is one of them, and he has a theory as to why the Buckeyes are so good against the run.

“We’ve just got that chip on our shoulder,” Wade said. “Last year, we were scarred. This year, we’re trying to take those scars off.”

Well, the Buckeyes started the season with a reference point. Jeff Okudah said after the Week 0 game between Miami (Florida) and Florida, strength coach Mickey Marotti talked to the corners about being physical in the secondary, unlike the cornerbacks in that game.

The secondary took that as a challenge. So far, the cornerbacks and safeties have answered that challenge well. It’s  now a point of emphasis, and it’s fueling the defensive surge.

“When you have guys that can set the edge physically, it kind of compresses what the offense wants to do,” Okudah said.

Latest BuckIQ showcases Justin Fields

What has allowed Justin Fields to get off to such a remarkable start for Ohio State? How realistic are his chances of making a Heisman Trophy push in his first season as a starter? What part of his game most impresses another Buckeyes quarterback who won the stiff-arm statue?

Former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith dropped by the Lettermen Row studio to break down why Fields is creating Heisman buzz of his own in the latest BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

The latest BuckIQ can be found here.

New episode of the Beanie and The Boom Podcast

Anthony Gonzalez joined Beanie and Boom for this week’s episode of The Beanie and the Boom Podcast. The U.S. Congressman and former Ohio State and Colts wide receiver provided an insight into the new California law that would allow college athletes to make money from their name, image and likeness.

Gonzalez also discussed the outstanding play of Ohio State’s receivers and coaching by Brian Hartline.

Beanie and Boom gave their picks and broke down the latest happenings in the NFL.

Find the Beanie and The Boom Podcast on your favorite podcast-listening platform:

Will Buckeyes land commitment Friday?

Four-star defensive tackle Jacolbe Cowan will make his college decision Friday night after his football game, and there’s a strong feeling he’s going to pick the Buckeyes.

The latest from Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm:

The final group of schools for the 6-foot-5, 265-pound North Carolina lineman includes Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee and North Carolina. Cowan has spent plenty of time on each campus, but only the Buckeyes have hosted the Charlotte standout for an official visit. That’s telling when trying to make sense of his recruitment, one that has been played very close to the vest for the last few months.

While Cowan has played it cool, what he’s never hidden is that there’s a special bond between him and Larry Johnson. It’s been Johnson driving his recruitment for Ohio State, and it’s the relationship with the legendary coach and the chance to play for him that I believe will lead to his college choice.

Final Call: Jacolbe Cowan will commit to the Buckeyes on Friday night.

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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.