The injury-plagued Ohio State defense has had its ups and downs this season, but it has started looking better as of late. It looks like the Buckeyes will be even better off defensively when they travel to Ann Arbor this week to take on their biggest rival.
Perhaps the biggest blow to the Ohio State defense this season was the loss of safety and senior captain Christian Bryant to a broken ankle on September 28 against the Wisconsin Badgers. He was unfortunately lost for the season but continues to be a great leader on that defense.
The return of starting linebacker Curtis Grant and starting cornerback Doran Grant on Saturday will be a huge boost for the Ohio State defense.
Curtis missed the last two games against the Illinois Fighting Illini and Indiana Hoosiers with lingering back and ankle problems. Meyer said they do need him for the Michigan game on Saturday but weren’t sure if he would be ready in time. They now know that he will be, and it could not come at a better time. Doran’s injury was unspecified, but it was suffered against the Hoosiers this past week. Meyer said he held him out of the rest of that game as a precaution and he will return to play against Michigan.
The Buckeyes’ No. 3 cornerback, Armani Reeves, is expected to return from injury this week as well.
It is great news for the Buckeyes defensively as players continue to return from injury and add even more depth to a defense that has been questionable this season. It could not come at a better time as the Buckeyes try to close out their season undefeated and keep their hopes of a trip to the national championship game alive.