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Questions in Columbus, Next Wave Set to Take Over After League's Top Defensive Backs Head to the NFL

Kerry Coombs can't have a repeat performance.

A number of Big Ten defensive backfields fell on some tough times in 2020. The upcoming season is going to feature plenty of new names mixed in with a few mainstays as the league – and the rest of the college football world – returns to normalcy. Today, we're looking at some of the conference's top storylines in the secondary.

Injuries, Question Marks in Columbus

After finishing No. 122 nationally in pass defense, Kerry Coombs obviously needs to turn things around in 2021. Shaun Wade and the rest of the secondary were torn apart against teams like Indiana and Alabama, and it remains to be seen how much of an impact the pandemic may have played on the performance.