Safety Christian Bryant doesn't mince words.
He's straight to the point, just like when he makes a tackle - head first, shoulders square, legs churning, leaving a calling card for a wincing ball-carrier.
''I'm chasing a national championship,'' he said. ''That's what I'm chasing.''
If Ohio State is to pursue such a lofty goal - and the Buckeyes are coming off a glittering 12-0 season - then Bryant and a veteran secondary will likely be the ringleaders, so to speak.
Ohio State may have big question marks on defense, but none of them come at the back end. Bryant, cornerback Bradley Roby and safety C.J. Barnett comprise three of the four seniors on that side of the ball. No wonder the backfield figures to be a load-bearing wall for the rest of the unit.
''That's going to be our backbone this year - me, Christian, C.J., Corey Brown,'' said Roby, who flirted with jumping into the NFL draft in January. ''We've been here for a long time. We know how things are going to go, how things ...