News is beginning to circulate that starting strong safety C.J. Barnett’s injured right knee will require surgery, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.
Anyone that watched Barnett break up a couple of receptions against Miami with thundering hits knows this is a loss for the Ohio State secondary.
His presumptive replacement is Orhian Johnson, who was actually presumed to be the starter until shortly before the season. Johnson has recovered from a calf injury.
Despite his early successes, I cannot understand why Tyler Moeller is not slated to replace Barnett. Through two games, Moeller has proved how valuable he can be and is clearly the team’s best blitzer. Even before the injury, I thought Moeller should have been on the field in place of Barnett, Andrew Sweat, or Jermale Hines. I am not straying from that view.
The timing of this injury is decent, as the Buckeyes play four weaklings before having to travel to Madison. By then, let’s hope Moeller is in the lineup full-time and the OSU secondary is playing a little better.