The Ohio State Buckeyes figure to have one of the strongest secondaries in the Big Ten next season with the return of Bradley Roby as their No. 1 cornerback. The All-Big Ten and All-American selection from 2012 returns to Columbus as one of the defensive leaders for the team. But Roby won’t be able to cover everyone by himself, so others will need to step up in the secondary next fall, including sophomore Armani Reeves. But for Reeves to grow into a featured member of the defense, he will first need to improve his consistency.
Reeves got to see a much bigger role during spring practice while Roby was nursing a shoulder injury. He wasn’t expected to do much this spring, but he blew his coaches away with his ability to make plays. His ability to make a play on the ball put him in position to make plenty of spectacular defensive plays during the spring session, but his aggressiveness also got him burnt on more than one occasion. At the end of the day, that inconsistency made him no real threat to crack the top two of the cornerback depth chart out of spring camp.
But he has proven himself to be a valuable part of the defensive rotation. Reeves will need to be the Buckeyes’ No. 3 corner and be available in nickel formations and to rotate in from time to time. Roby and fellow junior Doran Grant will hold down the starting spots extremely well for Urban Meyer next fall, but Reeves is going to have an integral part to play in the success of Ohio State next season.
While he may not have been on the radar when spring started, but he has played his way into the defensive rotation with his big-play ability. For him to stick, however, and be a major contributor to the Buckeyes’ success in 2013, he needs to improve his consistency in coverage.