January 15, 2014

Remedy for a reeling defense?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In 2011, then-Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash authored a book with the title, Aggressive 4-3 Defense: Shutting Down the Passing Game. It sounds more like a manifesto for Ohio State in 2014.

And with Ash, who reportedly accepted an offer to join Urban Meyer's staff as its co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach, the Buckeyes might have the makings of an answer for a floundering pass defense that ranked 112th nationally.

According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated and SI.com, Ohio State hired Ash and longtime Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Tuesday morning to fill vacancies left by the departures of Everett Withers and Mike Vrabel.

In particular, Ash -- who served as Arkansas' defensive coordinator in 2013 after three seasons with Badgers -- will be asked to help resuscitate a pass defense that got eviscerated for 1,153 yards and 12 touchdowns in its last three games of the season against Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson.

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