One of the few areas the Buckeyes were planning on being tested upon in their clash with California was in the secondary. Coming into the game (and leaving the game) California possessed the best statistical passing game in all of college. Behind super freshman Jared Goff at quarterback and the mastermind behind the Air Raid offense, Sonny Dykes, the Golden Bears came out firing. Urban Meyer and the coaching staff were planning on countering the attack with their strong secondary anchored by shutdown cornerback Bradley Roby, who was playing in his second game of the season after being suspended for the opening game against Buffalo. But Roby’s performance was certainly not what they were looking for.
Last week was Roby’s first game back from suspension, but he was thrown at just twice. This was his first big test and the results left much to be desired. California WR Bryce Treggs blew by Roby twice on long passes and continuously beat Roby for positioning when going after balls. The Buckeyes did manage a crucial first quarter interception that helped put the game away, but allowing 317 yards won’t get the job done against much better team that the Buckeyes will face later in the year. Roby will be tasked with facing guys like Allen Robinson from Penn State and Cody Latimer from Indiana, guys who are just as talented as Roby with a big size advantage.
Coming into the season, Roby was regarded as a near-consensus top ten pick for the upcoming NFL draft. Last season he was selected to the All-America second team as a sophomore and scouts were excited to see how big of a jump he could make. Roby will have to play much more impressively if he wants to maintain that top ten projection.
A matchup this week against FCS Florida A&M should be a confidence booster for Roby and the entire team before they host Wisconsin and head to Evanston to play the 18th ranked Northwestern Wildcats. We’ll continue to monitor Roby’s performance week-to-week as the Buckeye’s will need to rely on their standout cornerback to keep their 15 game winning streak alive.