Lathan Ransom is ready to return from a gruesome injury he suffered in the Rose Bowl.

Ransom, who is heading into his 3rd year, suffered a leg injury during the Rose Bowl win against Utah in January. He needed the entire offseason to recover from the leg injury.

The injury took place in the first half of the bowl game and he was carted off the field. He spoke about the trauma he went through after the injury:

“One of the most traumatizing things that’s happened to me,” Ransom said.

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Nearly 8 months after the injury, Ransom is ready to get back in the swing of things in Ohio State’s defense. Ransom will be playing in a new defense under new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. This will be Knowles’ first season as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. He spent the previous 4 seasons at Oklahoma State before he was hired in January.

Ransom praised Knowles’ defensive scheme in the preseason. He spoke with the media and said Knowles’ defense was his favorite defense to play in:

“Since I’ve been here, this is definitely my favorite defense I’ve been in,” Ransom said.

Ransom noted how the safeties are “flying around” in the new defense. Ransom is looking to return from his leg injury.

Ohio State opens the season against Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. ET.