The Ohio State defense is always a main point of focus every season. The Buckeyes have prided themselves throughout the years on having tough defensive units, and this year will be no different.
But who will have the biggest impact on this year’s unit? Joey Bosa? Michael Bennett?
How about neither of those two.
In a recent mailbag Q&A, ESPN’s Big Ten blogger Austin Ward pointed out that the young man that will have the biggest impact on this year’s defense will be Vonn Bell in the secondary.
The recruiting work Urban Meyer has done on the defensive side of the ball is starting to show up on the roster, and the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to need some of their younger, highly touted players to have a big impact if they are going to make a serious run at the playoff this season. Joey Bosa, as mentioned, might be one of the most destructive defensive linemen in the country this fall, and he is obviously going to be critical in generating a pass rush that could take some pressure off the revamped secondary. But it is a new full-time starter in the back end that might actually have the greatest influence in restoring Ohio State’s proud defensive tradition, and Vonn Bellalready raised the sky-high expectations when he snagged that one-handed interception in the Discover Orange Bowl. His spring was cut short by injury, but Bell is a young guy the Buckeyes desperately need to deliver..
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