The best unit on the Ohio State football team coming out of the Spring Game

We saw the secondary lock down some great receivers during the Spring Game for the Ohio State football team.
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Gee Scott Jr. (88) of the
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Gee Scott Jr. (88) of the / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

The Ohio State football program had its annual Spring Day on Saturday and we learned a lot about the team. We saw some winners and losers. We saw some receivers have some good moments, specifically when Emeka Egbuka had a one-handed snag. That was about all the flash the receivers were able to show though.

That's because the secondary was in absolute shutdown mode. They didn't allow the receivers to get much separation at all. In fact, the Buckeyes didn't allow a pass past 20 yards downfield. Ohio State was already talented last season and seemed to have gotten even better.

They allowed the least amount of passing yards in the country a year ago. That was before they added Caleb Downs from the transfer portal too. Based on what we saw in the Spring Game, the secondary is going to be even more elite than they were last season.

Davison Igbinosun and Jermaine Mathews were the two guys in the secondary who really flashed in the Spring Game. Both of them were around the ball constantly. Igbinosun has already shown to be a great starter. Mathews will be a great starter after this season when some of the secondary members leave.

As far as positives go, the secondary doing as well as they did is very encouraging. If they can shut down this group of receivers without even being at full strength, they're going to be able to shut down every team on their schedule. They didn't even have Lathan Ransom available on Saturday.


The secondary is clearly the best unit on the team. After that, it's the wide receivers. The best unit on the defense beat the best unit on the offense. We didn't even get to see Downs at his best because the starters weren't tackling. This unit is going to be a problem for every team on the Ohio State football team's schedule.