Today, we pass along an article at USA Today, where Jon Spencer takes a look at how former Buckeyes linebacker-turned assistant coach Mike Vrabel is helping the Buckeyes chase down the SEC.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The challenge for Vrabel is completely re-tooling the defensive front and turning those players — not a single senior among the leading candidates — into a cohesive, disruptive unit.
Fans are excited about the prospects of increased TFLs brought about by the elevated RPMs of a young, but quicker front line. Sophomore ends Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence are the headliners.
Last year, team captain John Simon often played out of position on the outside. He was blessed with many gifts, but foot speed wasn’t one of them. Spence and Washington will be veritable track stars by comparison.
“He coaches us like we’re NFL pros,” the 6-foot-3, 292-pound Washington told the Toledo Blade. “He knows what it takes. Everything he says, I guarantee everybody in the room is listening to it.”
The full articlecan be read here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/09/17/assistant-mike-vrabel-helps-ohio-state-close-gap-on-sec-teams/2828583/