In the 2015 season Ohio State won 12 games, including concluding the season with back-to-back win over Michigan and Notre Dame.
While the ultimate goal of a national championship was not realized, the past football season was a successful one from both a team and individual standpoint, the latter of which was validated as nine different underclassmen declared for the NFL draft.
Head coach Urban Meyer and a group of his assistants met with the media Thursday to look back at the season, comment on the departing players and assess the program going forward.
One of the players leaving early is junior defensive end Joey Bosa, a player is projected by some outlets to be selected first overall in the upcoming NFL Draft and defensive coordinator Luke Fickell spoke about his development.
Also leaving eligibility on the table was running back Ezekiel Elliott. His position coach, Tony Alford, spoke about the Elliott's ability to pass block and how his development helps in recruiting.
Joining the departure list this was Eli Apple as the redshirt sophomore cornerback left two years of eligibility on the table in favor of entering the draft. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs spoke about Apple's decision to leave Ohio State and the balance he must have as a position coach advising players.
With Apple joining safeties Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bella s players leaving early, Gareon Conley will be the only experienced player in the secondary next season. Coombs emphasized his importance as both a leader and a playmaker.
Also taking a major hit is the defensive line as Bosa's departures is compounded by seniors Tommy Schutt and Adolphus Washington who leave questions at the defensive tackle spots. Fickell spoke about the importance of developing the defensive line and the way the Buckeyes struggled to enjoy the 2015 season at times.