Ohio State Players to Watch this Weekend

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Bradley Roby – Cornerback

October 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Bradley Roby (1) intercepts a pass intended for Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (18) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Roby missed the first game of the season, and yet he still made his presence known in the San Diego State game. He took away routes from the Aztec receivers, and took away chunks of the field and he showed off the prolific speed he’s had since stepping onto the field in college. Roby is going to be important to keeping Cal’s offense from gaining yardage from the deep passes Goff loves to throw.

This 2012 All-American (ESPN) had a phenomenal sophomore season last year, getting 63 tackles and two interceptions. He is one of the fastest men in the Big Ten (running a 4.3 40) and uses an advanced hand-eye coordination to keep completions on him at a minimum.

Goff loves to show off his cannon. He has connected on more than a few deep passes – it looks to be a big part of his game going forward. In order for Ohio State to take away such an integral part of the arsenal in Goff’s bag of tricks, they will need the secondary to take this part of the game away. Part of that is the play of Doran Grant, Armani Reeves and Ron Tanner. But the biggest key is Roby taking away part of the field and taking away the deep pass.