Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Doran Grant (12) breaks up the two point conversion pass attempt to Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) in the second half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Clemson defeated Ohio State 40-35. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Defensive backs considered a problem for Buckeyes?

The Ohio State Buckeyes are considered a contender, not just in the Big Ten Conference, but in the entire country. The national title hopes for this team are very high, but with something like that, people will always look for a problem.

Maybe deservedly so in some cases, a lot of people point toward the defensive back group this season as a problem, and Brian Bennett over at the ESPN Big Ten blog seems to agree somewhat.

While breaking down the position group throughout the entire conference, Bennett pointed toward the defensive backs as being the Achilles heel of the team, so to speak.

It’s hard to label this as anything but a problem right now, given how the Buckeyes struggled down the stretch in pass coverage last year before losing Roby a year early to the draft. Yet there is still a lot of reason for optimism. New secondary coach/co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash is remaking the unit into what should be a more athletic bunch. Doran Grant anchors the group at corner, while Vonn Bell andTyvis Powell should add speed and length at safety. If young players come through here, Ohio State’s defensive backfield could make a huge leap forward. Until we see that happen, though, it remains a concern.

He is correct in that it was a problem down the stretch. But head coach Urban Meyer has stated that the defensive backs were a huge point of focus throughout the offseason, so we will have to see.

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