Preview 2019: Ohio. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Ohio. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Ohio. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OHIO DEFENSE

The offense gets all the glory, but the defense that wasn’t all that bad gets seven starters back after a great year against the run. Considering the turnover on the offensive side, the defense has to do even more.

Leading tackler Evan Croutch is done from the linebacking corps, but 230-pound Jared Dorsa is back after tying for third on the team in stops. Veterans Dylan Conner and Eric Popp are veterans ready to fill in, but Croutch is a huge loss on the weakside.

Both tackles are done, but the senior combination of Cole Baker and Brian Arp is more than capable of stepping in and producing. The ends – sophomore Amos Ogun-Semore and junior Will Evans – are back, but they have to get into the backfield more. Overall, the pass rush has to improve.

If safety Javon Hagan isn’t the best defensive player in the conference, the all-star safety will be the leader and star of the secondary again, and the corners are back to make the pass defense stronger. With a little help from a better pass rush, the combination of Jamal Hudson and Marlin Brooks will be all-star caliber.

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