When Ohio State takes the field Saturday to kick off its annual spring game, Urban Meyer will be showcasing a new culture for his football team.
The Buckeyes haven’t lost a regular-season game since 2011, but they’re trying to rinse the taste of defeat out of their mouths after suffering back-to-back postseason losses.
Those losses have lingered with the players and the coaches through winter conditioning and spring drills, and they triggered a much-needed overhaul of the Ohio State program.
“You can try to fix behavior, but it’s unsustainable unless you fix the culture,” Meyer recently told Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. “I believe in that from the bottom of my gut.”
That belief led to a defensive makeover. New coaches and a new scheme will have the Buckeyes playing much more aggressively, especially in pass coverage.
On the other side of the ball, Ohio State is replacing four starting offensive linemen, its leading rusher and leading receiver.
The new-look Buckeyes are hoping to jump-start a title run this Saturday. Here’s a complete preview of Ohio State’s spring game.
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