Ohio State football: What better captains to lead the Buckeyes in 2018?

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa /
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Each of the captains on the Ohio State football team are well deserving of the honor. These three will lead the Silver Bullets.

When it was announced who would be the captains for the Ohio State football team this season, it was seven players certainly deserving of the honor. With their accomplishments they are excellent role models for the rest of the players.

Here are the new Buckeye captains:

  • H-back Parris Campbell
  • Safety Jordan Fuller
  • Wide receiver Johnnie Dixon
  • Defensive end Nick Bosa
  • Wide receiver Terry McLaurin
  • Offensive tackle Isaiah Prince
  • Middle linebacker Tuf Borland

There are three defensive captains and four on offense. I want to first look at things the captains on defense bring to the table and take a look at the offensive players later.

Nick Bosa: The ‘Little Bear’ has impressed everyone since he arrived on campus. He was rated the No. 1 defensive end in the 2016 class and has lived up to his billing.

Bosa was coming off a leg injury he suffered his senior year in high school but was mending well. The only concern for defensive line coach Larry Johnson was, how to slow the young guy down. He couldn’t.

Bosa went on to have a terrific freshman season, even though he played sparingly at defensive end and the three technique in the Rushmen package. He registered 29 tackles, 7 of them for a loss and had 5 sacks.

Last season he again split playing time with the talented defensive ends on the roster. He still led the teams with 8.5 sacks and was named the Big Ten Lineman of the Year.

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Don’t you think young players will pay attention to whatever Bosa has to say and watch how he prepares?

Jordan Fuller: I expected Fuller to see playing early and he did, mostly on special teams. The safety had an excellent sophomore season in 2017 making 62 tackles and intercepted two passes.

In his third season for the Buckeyes,  I expect Fuller to be an All-Big Ten player and possibly be named to an All American team.

Tuf Borland: What a great name for a linebacker.

As a redshirt freshman last season Borland stepped in at middle linebacker and performed well. He is now mending from an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in the spring. It’s not certain when he will return to the lineup but it has been reported it could be soon.

Playing well when the opportunity presented itself, and then working hard to get back on the field after suffering an injury will certainly inspire others.

Next. Starting linebackers for Bucks an impressive group. dark

I expected the Ohio State defense to be strong once again this year with the talented players on that side of the ball  And with these new captains leading the way, I’m even more certain that will be the case.