While everyone seems to be talking about Urban Meyer's new hurry-up offense at Ohio State, the defense has been quietly going about its business.
The Buckeyes return nine starters on defense from a team that floundered at times during a 6-7 season. It was 27th in the nation in scoring defense and 19th in yards allowed.
But with linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins playing well up front this spring, and corners Travis Howard and Bradley Roby holding down the fort in the secondary, there are high hopes for much improvement this fall.
How much Ohio State has gained on defense should be determined in Saturday's annual spring intrasquad scrimmage.