Ohio State is on a tear once more. To no one’s surprise, players are being applauded for their work so far this season.

Buckeyes safety Lathan Ransom was named Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded safety at the midway point of the 2022 season. Ransom has been a consistent playmaker on the back end for new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles in coverage.

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Ransom has thrived in both run support and coverage snap through 6 games, grading out on PFF’s metrics with an 85.1. He’s registered 21 total tackles, 1 pass deflection, and an interception.

Ohio State is finding its groove on defense just before the meat of its schedule begins. Last week in 49-20 win over Michigan State, the Buckeyes’ defense pounced early on quarterback Payton Thorne. The Spartans only managed to tally 202 total yards of offense and 12 first downs compared to OSU’s 29. The Buckeyes totaled 614 yards of offense and 7 touchdowns, 6 of which came through the air by Heisman Trophy front-runner C.J. Stroud.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus next weekend to take on Iowa.