Oct 19, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Curtis Grant (14) tackles Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Curtis Grant called the 'passion' of the Buckeyes defense

Sure there’s a lot of talk that the Ohio State linebacker corps will take a step back this season with the loss of Ryan Shazier. But the fact of the matter is that there is some experience returning in the form of senior Curtis Grant.

Grant will indeed be looked upon this season to keep up the tradition of Buckeyes linebackers, and defensive coordinator recently had some high praise to throw his way.

In recent comments following a practice session, Fickell more or less explained that Grant is not only the leader of the linebackers, but he could very well indeed be the heart and soul of the entire defensive unit.

“His confidence level has really gone up, and that’s probably the biggest thing,” Fickell said. “Curtis has always had the ability. The reality is when a guy is not in a good place in his mind, it’s really tough. And not to give Curtis an excuse or anything, but he’s had a lot of tough things that have happened and things haven’t quite gone his way since the day he walked in here. But I’ll tell you what, he’s a different kid. I shouldn’t say kid, he’s a different man.

“He battled through a lot of things, he’s got a lot of confidence in what he’s doing and he’s the passion and energy of that defense right now.”

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