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Sports Spotlight: Jeffrey Okudah loves new OSU defense; allows players to play comfortable


Jeffrey Okudah OSU DB Postgame Cincinnati Game 9 7 2019


Jeffrey Okudah OSU DB talks highly of new defense with the media after Saturday's game ( photo)

Last year’s Ohio State defense was the worst in school history all across the board. But just like new co-defensive coordinator Gregg Mattison has said in news conferences, “They were still 13-1, won the Big Ten East Division, won the Big Ten title and won the Rose Bowl. So they must’ve been good enough to make plays when they needed them.”

After last season with graduation and defections to the NFL, fans were wondering if more of the same was in store for 2019.

When you look on paper, the Buckeyes still have a great core of players on defense led by DE Chase Young, NT Robert Landers, DT Davon Hamilton, LB Malik Harrison, FS Jordan Fuller, CB Damon Arnette Jr. and Jeffrey Okudah.

The new defense seems to be working under Mattison and Jeff Hafley, the other defensive coordinator.

Okudah, who most scouts, broadcasters and media think will be the next Buckeyes DB going to the NFL, has a goal to be one of college football’s top cornerbacks in 2019.

The 6’1, 200 pound, junior from Grand Prairie, Texas, a suburb of Arlington, says that this new defense allows plays to flow comfortable and make plays to the football.

Saturday in its 42-0 win at over over the Cincinnati Bearcats, the defense showed that comfortable, attacking style to the ball, by forcing two turnovers inside its 5-yard line, one stopping a touchdown. The entire unit looks like they have been reborn.

Okudah in the UC game had 4 tackles, 3 solo. He and the rest of the defensive backfield kept the Cincinnati wide receivers in check all day. Although, sophomore wide receiver Alec Pierce was able to shake loose for 93 yards on 4 catches. And the team’s best target, Josiah Deguara, was held to 3 catches for 46 yards. He is usually counted on for more yards and catches in a game.