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Cornerback: Doran Grant, Gareon Conley
Safety: Tyvis Powell, Erick Smith
Safety: Vonn Bell, Cameron Burrows
Cornerback: Armani Reeves, Eli Apple
Ohio State's most beleaguered unit from a season ago lost its two best players in Bradley Roby and C.J. Barnett, but the secondary should be vastly improved in 2014.
That won't be the result of a talent upgrade, but rather a schematic one. Urban Meyer brought in Chris Ash from Arkansas to overhaul Ohio State's defense, with a specific emphasis on pass coverage. As explained by Jeff Svoboda at OhioState.Scout.com, Ash is known for his vaunted 4-3 scheme, and through spring practice, he dramatically enhanced Ohio State's ability to defend the pass, according to Bleacher Report's Michael Felder.
Doran Grant and Armani Reeves—the top two cornerbacks behind Roby last year—will start in Ohio State's base defense. The Buckeyes will turn to a pair of talented redshirt freshmen in Gareon Conley and Eli Apple for their pass-heavy packages.
The safety position will be bolstered by Vonn Bell, who shined in an otherwise disastrous Orange Bowl for the Buckeyes. He'll be accompanied by Tyvis Powell and backed up by Cameron Burrows and true freshman Erick Smith.
All recruiting information via 247 Sports. All stats via NCAA.com.
David Regimbal covers Ohio State football for Bleacher Report.
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