It is safe to say the season opener for the Ohio State Buckeyes went fairly smoothly in all areas except the defensive backfield.
The defense’s heartbeat relied on the defensive front between Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones. The secondary, however, could use some improvement but like years past the secondary has developed slower than most units.
The Buckeyes managed to intercept Lagow two times and ultimately survived the opener with a 49-21 victory. On that team was the future No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in Denzel Ward.
Next week, the Ohio State secondary would once again get torched, this time by Heisman trophy winner Baker Mayfield, who memorably planted an Oklahoma flag in the middle of Ohio Stadium after passing for 386 yards and three touchdowns.
The Ohio State secondary would eventually find it’s groove and would become one of the best units in the Big Ten. There is no reason to believe the same can’t happen this season.
Now back to Saturday’s contest against Oregon State.
On the first drive of the 2018 season Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton completed his only pass for 25 yards. He would leave after suffering a concussion.
Backup quarterback Conor Blount entered the game and threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns. The Ohio State secondary did not managed to intercept the backup.
Meanwhile, Kendall Sheffield missed an easy interception that wound up as a nice gain for the Beavers.
Just because Ohio State struggled on some plays in week one does not necessarily mean fans should panic; in fact, it has been quite normal in recent years.
To put this game in perspective the Buckeyes were replacing Ward and Damon Webb who were both very productive starters last season. On top of it all, they have two new coaches in the secondary between Taver Johnson and Alex Grinch.
With Urban Meyer now back coaching practice expect the Buckeyes to work out the kinks in the secondary.
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