Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano made a bold statement about the Buckeye defensive line. Schiano, who was head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in 2012 and 2013, was interviewed after Saturday's scrimmage on the Big Ten Network.
"Is this the most talented defensive line you've ever been around?...and you can include the NFL," asked the Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine.
"It is," replied Schiano, "and that's not a joke. Now we had a great player in Tampa by the name of Gerald McCoy---tremendous player but that was one guy. I go back to my days in Miami in 1999 and 2000. This is clearly a better group than those guys and that's saying something."
Schiano was defensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes back in their hey day, so he has seen talent at all levels. This Buckeye defensive front featuring guys like Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa, Tracy Sprinkle, DaVon Hamilton, Michael Hill, freshman Chase Young and others is considered the deepest in the country. They're expected to lead the Ohio State defense, which has impressed Schiano in more ways than just on the football field.
"This is the most unselfish, humble group I've ever been around," Schiano said. "It's probably---not probably--it's the most talented group I've ever been around but they are all about each other. That's what makes it fun to come to work everyday."
You can check out the entire Schiano interview below, as well as Big Ten Network interviews with Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and quarterback J.T. Barrett.