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C.J. Stroud Has Encouraging Comment On Ohio State Defense

C.J. Stroud, Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Last year, Ohio State's defense was a major weakness, as was evident in Week 2 of the 2022 season when Oregon stomped on the Buckeyes in The Shoe with a physical rushing attack. To get back on the national stage, the Ohio State defense has to improve this fall. 

Ryan Day is well aware of the weakness. He went out and hired one of the top defensive coordinators in the country and Jim Knowles. It already sounds like the move is paying off. 

Stroud told reporters this week that the new Buckeyes defense is "making me a smarter football player." It's a clear indication the unit is more complex and will confuse quarterbacks in 2022.

Interesting to talk to CJ Stroud. Says the new D has 'made me a smarter football player' due to its unpredictability and aggression. Also said he lives alone - doesn’t like people messing with his stuff. Added that he shared a room w/ his sister growing up," said Dave Revsine.

An improved Ohio State defense coupled with C.J. Stroud and the Buckeyes' elite passing attack would be a national championship contender. But all the offseason hype isn't worth a lick until it manifests itself on the field. 

The good news is we'll find out right away whether or not Ohio State is a real title contender. The Buckeyes open the season hosting the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Sept. 3.