If you have watched the Ohio State Buckeyes this season, you clearly know that an injury and talent depleted secondary has been the weakness of the 2010 Silver Bullets. Wisconsin aside, the formula to move the ball on the OSU defense this year has been by attacking them through the air, clearly evident as Jim Heacock's unit gives up double the amount of passing yards allowed as they do rushing yards allowed per game.
While losing two starting safeties from last year's team, seeing CJ Barnett, Tyler Moeller, Christian Bryant, Corey "Pitt" Brown, and Donnie Evege go down to injury, and a disappointing performance out of the defensive line and pass rush for most of the season didn't help the secondary's cause any, a lack of talent and depth may be most to blame.
The top two corners on the team aren't much to brag about, but have gotten the job done this season. Chimdi Chekwa is a solid tackler and has definitely made strides as the season has gone on, but isn't great in man to man coverage and isn't the shut down corner we all hoped for after Malcolm Jenkins departed. He has come up with some big interceptions though, and seems to be in the right place at the right time as of late. Devon Torrence is a tremendous athlete who I think is the best corner on the team right now, but is still learning the position and has a while ago before he excels in shutting down opposing pass catchers every down. Despite their inefficiencies, these two players have stepped up and played a majority of the snaps this season, while Travis Howard, Dominic Clarke, and the other corners haven't shown enough to warrant any serious playing time. That was until a few weeks ago.