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Defense a priority as Ohio State opens spring practice

Rose Bowl Football
Posted at 9:03 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 21:03:49-05

COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud set passing records in a Rose Bowl win over Utah but the problems that had dogged Ohio State’s defense all season were still on display.

The defense allowed a combined 950 yards and 87 points in the game against Utah and the humiliating loss to Michigan in the regular-season finale.

So rebuilding, reorganizing and rescheming the defense will be a focus for Ohio State in spring practice, which is underway at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Much of the focus is on new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.