The Columbus Dispatch

Position-by-position grades for Buckeyes’ 2021 season

- Joey Kaufman and Bill Rabinowitz Columbus Dispatch USA TODAY NETWORK

It’s a testament to the high standard set by and for Ohio State that an 11-2 season capped by a Rose Bowl win can be considered a disappoint­ment. ● But any year in which the Buckeyes lose to Michigan and don’t win the Big Ten can’t be judged an unqualifie­d success. An early loss to Oregon caused a shuffling of responsibi­lities among defensive coaches, and the Buckeyes did improve on that side of the ball until Michigan exposed them. ● On offense, the Buckeyes relied on a dazzling passing game led by redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud and the spectacula­r receiving trio of Jaxon Smith-njigba, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. ● Dispatch beat writers Bill Rabinowitz (offense) and Joey Kaufman (defense and special teams) graded the performanc­e of each position group from this past season.

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