Ohio State 2010: Defensive Personnel Review

You can set your watch to Ohio State finishing among the nation's leaders in most defensive statistics, but was the 2010 Buckeye defense really as stout as the numbers say? Find out in the newest Cus Words Blog post.

The Ohio State defense took a step back from last season but still continued the tradition of strong stop units in the Jim Tressel era (and under defensive coordinator Fred Pagac before that).

Statistically, this group was typically impeccable as it led the Big Ten in every major category, but on the field it was not without a few warts.

Wisconsin pushed the Buckeyes all over the field in the first half of the Badgers' 31-18 win Oct. 16, and quarterback Scott Tolzien and receiver Nick Toon picked the secondary apart when necessary in the second half.

Miami, Penn State and Michigan all moved the ball at times as well, but the Buckeyes were opportunistic in making plays at the right times to shut those teams down eventually.

For more about the defense, check out the latest Cus Words Blog.

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