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Reports: Ohio State Defense to See Departures

According to multiple reports out late Friday night, Ohio State football is on the verge of some changes on the defensive side of the ball.

Co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley is expected to be named the next head coach at Boston College, and junior safety Brendon White has entered the transfer portal.

Hafley was only on the Buckeye staff for one year, but what he accomplished in that season made him a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes each year to the most outstanding assistant in college football.

He helped turnaround the Buckeye defense from being the 50th ranked team in points allowed per game in 2018, to currently sitting in second in that category.

His defensive backs have given up fewer passing touchdowns (7) than any other team in the nation, while recording 15 interceptions.

Meanwhile, 247Sports rates him as the third most effective recruiter when it comes to landing talent for the 2020 class.

White was expected to make an impact at the bullet position this year, but instead of benefiting from the new hybrid defensive back/linebacker spot, he saw his production drop from 46 tackles as a sophomore to 19 this year.

Head coach Ryan Day had said White didn't travel with team to the Big Ten Championship for personal reasons, and though he can still technically return to OSU, it seems more likely that his time here has come to an end.

If that's the case, the highlight of his time in Columbus will be his performance in the Rose Bowl where he had 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and broke up an attempted 2-point conversion in a 28-23 win over Washington, earning him defensive MVP honors. He also had an interception against Michigan last season, and is the son of former Buckeye William White.

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