(*13*)One of the stories of the offseason in college football has been the potential improvement of Ohio State’s defense. In fact, the Buckeyes making a big jump on defense could shift the landscape of the sport this year and might be the deciding factor on if the national championship trophy stays in the SEC or returns to Big Ten country this year.
(*13*)After back-to-back disappointing defensive seasons, Scarlet and Gray head coach Ryan Day went out and hired Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State. During his time in Stillwater, Knowles took the Cowboys’ defense from just inside the top 80 the season prior to his arrival to inside the top five after four years. Ohio State is hoping for a quicker transition.
(*13*)Throughout the offseason, those who follow the Buckeyes have heard Knowles and his new defensive staff — which includes secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton and safeties coach Perry Eliano — discuss wanting to be more complex to confuse the offense with schemes, while also allowing the players to play fast and make plays. Players have discussed enjoying this defense more and having fun.
(*13*)But how well is it working? The only way to find that out is to ask the only players who have seen this defense on a regular basis.
(*13*)Bucknuts compiled quotes from fall camp from coaches and players on the Scarlet and Gray offense to get their perspective on the new-look defense heading into Saturday’s season opener against Notre Dame.