There have been few complaints with how the Ohio State secondary has performed in the first two games of the season, but the unit will undoubtedly face its toughest test so far when it plays USC this weekend. Two key players return to action in Donald Washington and Jamario O'Neal, but the question now is how much they will play.
September 12, 2008
A defensive backfield that has already taken hits with the permanent loss of Eugene Clifford and the temporary loss of James Scott has been dealt two significant blows for the early-season schedule. Find out what Donald Washington and Jamario O'Neal had to say about their off-season and what will happen next.
August 7, 2008
Jamario O'Neal was one of the highest rated players in the state as a high school senior. He came to Ohio State and was thought to be a star in the making. Things haven't gone as he hoped, but O'Neal is still very positive about finishing his career the right way. Bill Greene has more on Jamario O'Neal.
August 2, 2008
It has been a difficult week for the Ohio State secondary, which has had to endure practice under the speculation of imminent suspensions for at least three of its players. Following the team's jersey scrimmage Saturday morning, head coach Jim Tressel addressed the futures of Donald Washington, Jamario O'Neal and Eugene Clifford.
April 12, 2008
Last season, Ohio State started the same defensive backs for all 13 games en route to a berth in the national title game. All four of those players return, but there is at least one change in how they will be utilized. Find out what that means for Anderson Russell and Jamario O'Neal as the Buckeyes work through spring practice.
April 8, 2008
Ohio State famously puts an emphasis on special teams, and it was obvious why Saturday afternoon against Northwestern. Not only did the special teams help give the Buckeyes great field position throughout the first half, but a number of big hits helped ignite the OSU defense to a dominating performance.
September 23, 2007