Jim Knowles has high expectations for Ohio State’s defense in 2022, but there’s an area of concern. Speaking to the media Tuesday, the first-year Buckeye defensive coordinator pointed to the depth at cornerback due to injuries as a potential issue.

Jordan Hancock is currently dealing with an injury. Knowles could not answer if it will be a long-term issue.

To address depth concerns with a “banged-up” cornerback unit, the Buckeyes are cross-training safeties Jantzen Dunn and Cam Martinez.

Knowles doesn’t see the issue being resolved in the near future.

“I think it’s long-term,” Knowles said of the cornerback depth concerns, per Natahn Baird of Cleveland.com. “I think we’re going to have to keep those guys fresh.

“We’re going to have to dual-train, like Cam, Jantzen. Because you’re going to get corners who run all the time, back and forth. You’re going to get the soft-tissue injuries and we need to be fresh. It’s definitely something we’re keeping our eyes on and making sure we get multiple guys there repetitions.”