A return to the Big Ten Championship Game is in sight for Ohio State, but first the Buckeyes must dispatch Indiana at home this weekend.
Urban Meyer was happy to acknowledge this has been a big goal of the team since the end of last season, when they saw their national championship hopes snuffed out in Indianapolis by Michigan State.
The Buckeyes’ pass defense was their undoing at the end of last season, but that has looked much better under the direction of Chris Ash.
The run defense? Not so much.
Meyer, who also confirmed he has a Heisman candidate leading his offense now, mentioned needing a better performance in that area this weekend when stud Hoosier running back Tevin Coleman comes to town, but what is the secret to slowing him down?
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said it comes down to basics: being sound in their gaps, beating blocks and tackling. He also talked about the state of his unit, including a rotation that isn’t nearly as deep as expected when the season started, and the development of several players from the first team and the scout team.
Zach Smith also met with reporters to talk about the wide receivers, including the lessons Jalin Marshall learned on and off the field after an up-and-down day in Minneapolis.