June 10, 2016
Ohio State will face a lethally talented crop of running backs this fall—a group that’s headlined by Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine and Northwestern’s Justin Jackson.
Stopping (or even limiting) these talented ball-carriers will be a huge challenge for a defense that’s replacing eight total starters, five of which are in the front seven. Superstar defensive end Joey Bosa and hole-clogging defensive tackle Adolphus Washington won’t be back in 2016, so the Buckeyes need to find game-ready successors right out of the gate.
If co-defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Greg Schiano fail to do so, these five running backs could shred the Buckeyes defense this season.