The cornerback position was already shaky with depth for Ohio State. Now that Cameron Brown is out for the rest of the season due to an Achilles tendon injury, the Buckeyes are dealt another blow at the position.

Brown sustained the injury in Saturday’s victory at Penn State. Brown served as a critical backup during the first two games of the season, seeing action at outside cornerback and slot cornerback.

Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs says that the unit will need to adjust to the loss of Brown and rise to the occasion. Coombs emphasized that the defensive backs will need to be prepared to play multiple spots in the secondary.

“The whole next man up thing is no joke, and especially this year, I think we’ve been training our guys from June for the possibility of having to be able to play in a game suddenly,” Coombs said in a quote transcribed by Eleven Warriors. “And so in the secondary room right now, that’s what everybody, it’s all hands on deck. Everybody has to understand that their role may change slightly for this week’s game, it may change for the next five weeks’ games, and you better be prepared to play more than one position in the back end. Because there’s gonna be moving parts as we go through a season like this.”

Tyreke Johnson is an intriguing option to step in and fill the void of Brown. Johnson, in his third year at Ohio State, was a five-star recruit coming out of high school.