3 questions about defense
Today we take a look at the defense of the Ohio State football team and the questions it needs to answer.
After looking at three questions on offense yesterday, it’s time to ask three about defense. As I said yesterday with the offense, I am not claiming these are the most important issues facing the defense. I’m not that pretentious to make this claim. These are just three things that come to mind about the Ohio State football team.
Can Josh Proctor Become Elite Free Security? – After we were spoiled by the fact that Jordan Fuller was rock solid for three years, it was difficult to watch the defense fight in this position for most of last season. Marcus Hooker started the first five games and was almost a handicap. When injured for the Big Ten Championship game against Northwestern, Proctor took over and gave the Buckeyes stability in the position.
Until then, he had described himself as the high school Swiss army knife. He learned all the positions and was used in a variety of roles. He played well enough on that first start to strangle the starting work. The hope now is that he is focused on one position, he will become a force and lock the back of the OSU defense. The potential was there. Now is the time for him to fully exploit it.
Will the defensive backs turn around and face the ball in the pass cover? – There might be nothing in football that pushes me more into walls than watching a defensive back play back to the ball and give up a hold when in position to play. I was explained the reasoning of the technique and it still does not make sense.
Yes, the defender has his eyes on the receiver and doesn’t lose him, but he also has no idea where the ball is and usually has a good view of the receiver making a catch. This has happened far too often in the past year. I only saw two Buckeyes who could play this technique effectively. Denel Ward and, believe it or not, Pete Werner were outstanding there. But, overall, Buckeye’s defenders struggled with that kind of cover. I firmly believe that a defensive back can go around the head and locate the ball when it is in the air. You cannot intercept a pass or repel it if you do not know where the ball is. If secondary coach Matt Barnes asks them to do it this season, that will be one of the things that will improve the game from the defensive backfield.
What impact will JT Tuimoloau have? – Because he waited so long to commit and only recently arrived on campus, I was concerned about the time he missed with the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Mickey Marotti. . I wasn’t sure if he would be ready to take on some collegiate offensive linemen. But, after coming back and watching more videos of him, I think Tuimoloau is going to be an impact player in Buckeye’s defense. When I look at him I have to remember that he weighs 277 pounds. He flies on the pitch like a much lighter player.
To describe him as light and athletic is an understatement. A player of this size who can move like this is a rarity. He reminds me a lot of Chase Young when he joined the Ohio State football team. Young was flying around the field almost uncontrollably, but you could see the athleticism. The difference is that Young was 245 pounds at the time, Tuimoloau wins over thirty pounds. I think Tuimoloau’s development this year will be like a freight train rolling down a hill. Its development will continuously gain momentum until it is almost unstoppable. I’m not usually the hyperbolic type, but when I look at his size and overwhelming athleticism, I think he’s going to be a force this year.
We have now looked at the offensive and defense issues. Tomorrow we will deal with three issues relating to special teams.