ESPN analyst Greg McElroy pessimistic about Ohio State's defense entering 2021
The quarterback battle may be one of the biggest storylines in Columbus this offseason, but that is not one of the concerning positions at Ohio State for one analyst.
For ESPN analyst Greg McElroy, he is not worried about the Buckeye offense or who is under center in 2021. On Monday’s episode of College Football Live on ESPN, McElroy admitted that Ohio State has not had any issues at quarterback or offensively in recent history.
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However, McElroy admitted that he is pessimistic about Ohio State’s defense rebounding in 2021 after a down year in the shortened 2020 season. The Buckeyes allowed 25.8 points and over 400 yards per game last season. That included over 300 yards through the air per game.
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According to McElroy, Ohio State will still be looking for guys to put pressure on the QB and lock down receivers on the outside coming into 2021.
“The thing I’m not concerned about is the QB position at Ohio State,” said McElroy according to 247 Sports. “They’ve had great quarterback play for as long as I can remember. The thing I’m worried about is that I don’t feel like anything has been addressed on the defensive side. And while I feel like their secondary can’t be much worse than they were last year, I didn’t see many guys in the spring game who I felt confident in putting on islands and locking down some elite wide receivers … their defense still has things they need to figure out, including who’s going to be the dominant pass rusher up front and who’s going to be the lockdown corners on the perimeter that they’ve relied on for so many years.”
Does Ohio State have the players needed to rebound defensively? It will be interesting to see how that unit looks early in 2021.