Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) gets away from Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby (1) during the first quarter of the 2013 Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: ESPN Names Buckeyes ‘Defensive Back U’ for 2000s


The Ohio State Buckeyes have had their share of offensive stars throughout the years, which include a few Heisman winners, but let’s be honest: Defense is the name of the game in football, and few have done it better than the Buckeyes throughout the years. In particular, Ohio State defensive backs have excelled at most times.

Recently, that point was magnified by the fact that Ohio State was named as “Defensive Back U” by an ESPN poll for the 2000s, and when you look at their profile they put up, you could easily see why.

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It didn’t hammer the field in the secondary like it did at linebacker, but more than a decade of consistency helped Ohio State claim the “Defensive Back U” title, too. When your school seems to always be in the thick of the championship chase, there’s a good chance that it will rank highly on these positional lists. Think Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, USC, Texas. We keep seeing their names, which makes perfect sense if you think of how many wins they accumulated in the 2000s — and in the case of Ohio State at defensive back, a lengthy tradition fromMike Doss, Will Allen and Chris Gamble to Malcolm Jenkins to Bradley Roby helped the Buckeyes outpace contenders like LSU, Oklahoma and Miami to proclaim itself “DBU.”

Just last month, cornerback Bradley Roby became the fifth Buckeyes defensive back to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when he was taken by the defending AFC Champion Broncos.

Few have done it better in regards to defensive backs in the Big Ten over the past few years, and it’s nice to see that many others agree as well.

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