Report: Former Buckeye returning to Ohio State as defensive assistant
A former Buckeye will be making a homecoming this offseason.
On 3 is reporting that Tim Walton will be joining the Ohio State staff as a defensive assistant for the 2022 season. This is the latest news in what has been an eventful Thursday in Columbus.
First, it was reported by Yahoo’s Pete Thamel that Ohio State was hiring Cincinnati cornerbacks coach Perry Eliano to be the next safeties coach. Bucknuts also reported on Thursday that the Buckeyes were parting ways with defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs.
Walton has been the cornerbacks coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars since 2019. He hasn’t been on a college sideline since 2008, when he was the defensive coordinator at Memphis.
Walton played college football at Ohio State and went into coaching shortly after his college career ended. Before heading to the NFL, he had stops with Bowling Green, Memphis, Syracuse, LSU and Miami.
In 2003, Walton was the defensive backs coach for LSU under head coach. That year, the Tigers went on to win a national championship, Saban’s first as a head coach in the college ranks.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is looking to restructure his defensive staff after the team struggled during the 2021 season. Walton is expected to be a defensive secondary assistant for the Buckeyes.