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Ohio State Strength Coach Mickey Marotti's Quote From Today Shows How Young The Buckeyes Are

Ohio State experienced some key departures from last year's 12-1 Fiesta Bowl championship squad, with nine underclassmen entering the NFL Draft. Urban Meyer replenished his roster with the No. 4 recruiting class in the country to go along with the young talent his program returns in 2016. 

So while the Buckeyes are loaded again, they're also young and inexperienced. Vaunted strength coach Mickey Marotti confirmed this when he revealed to the media today that almost 50 players on the OSU roster had never gone through his grueling mat drills during winter conditioning until this year. 

">February 17, 2016

">February 17, 2016

That's a pretty eye-opening number. Still, does anyone doubt that these young Buckeyes will be in the thick of the Big Ten and College Football Playoff races come the fall?