Projected depth chart - defense

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Projected Fall Depth Chart: Defense
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It has been grueling offseason for Ohio State fans, but the end is finally in sight.

After a whirlwind of off-the-field drama surrounding the Buckeyes, football is just over the horizon. The freshmen report for their first fall camp at Ohio State on Saturday and the veterans will join them Sunday.

Fall practice officially kicks off Monday with the first of 29 practices and the season-opener against Akron—for which the Buckeyes opened as 34-point favorites—is less then a month away.

Ohio State does not have plans to release an official preseason depth chart, but we’ve got you covered a projected depth chart that includes updated heights and weights.

Players lost since spring: LB Jonathan Newsome (Ball State), LB Dorian Bell (suspension)

STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END

54 John Simon (6-2, 270, Jr.)
+91 Melvin Fellows (6-5, 270, rSo.)
90 Darryl Baldwin (6-4, 290, rFr.) ~ can also play DT
86 Kenny Hayes (6-5, 240, Fr.)
57 Chase Farris (6-6, 265, Fr.) ~ could end up at DT

NOSE TACKLE

53 Garrett Goebel (6-3, 290, rJr.)
93 Adam Bellamy (6-4, 302, rSo.) ~ can also play DT and SDE
68 Evan Blankenship (6-3, 288, rSr.)
95 Don Matheney (6-0, 310, Sr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

52 Johnathan Hankins (6-3, 335, So.)
*51 Joe Hale (6-4, 305, Fr.) ~ can also play SDE
+63 Michael Bennett (6-3, 280, Fr.) ~ coming off broken forearm
90 Darryl Baldwin (6-4, 290, rFr.)

WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END (LEO)

43 Nathan Williams (6-3, 255, Sr.)
^98 Solomon Thomas (6-5, 255, rSr.)
50 J.T. Moore (6-1, 252, rFr.)
88 Steve Miller (6-4, 245, Fr.)

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER (WILL)

42 Andrew Sweat (6-2, 238, Sr.)
41 Tony Jackson (5-11, 225, rSr.)
14 Curtis Grant (6-3, 225, Fr.) ~ could also play MLB or SLB

MIDDLE LINEBACKER (MIKE)

6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 242, rJr.)
32 Storm Klein (6-2, 240, Jr.)
#39 Jordan Whiting (6-1, 238, rSo.)
+36 Connor Crowell (6-0, 220, Fr.) ~ will miss entire 2011 season (ankle)

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER (SAM)

*10 Ryan Shazier (6-2, 210, Fr.)
+23 Chad Hagan (6-0, 225, rFr.)
+38 Scott McVey (6-0, 218, rFr.)
20 Nate Oliver (6-0, 215, rSr,)

NICKEL BACK (STAR)

+26 Tyler Moeller (6-0, 210, rSr.) ~ coming off pectoral surgery
+2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 190, So.)
+23 Chad Hagan (6-0, 225, rFr.)
20 Nate Oliver (6-0, 215, rSr.)
34 Nate Ebner (6-0, 205, Sr.)

WIDESIDE CORNERBACK

7 Travis Howard (6-1, 190, rJr.)
8 Dionte Allen (5-11, 185, Sr.)
12 Doran Grant (5-11, 180, Fr.)

SHORTSIDE CORNERBACK

5 Dominic Clarke (5-10, 191, rSo.) OR
25 Bradley Roby (5-11, 185 rFr.)
18 DerJuan Gambrell (6-2, 180, Fr.)
+9 Adam Griffin (5-7, 180, rFr.)

FREE SAFETY

19 Orhian Johnson (6-2, 205, rJr.)
21 Jamie Wood (6-1, 200, rSo.)
*17 Jeremy Cash (6-2, 190, Fr.)
+3 Corey Brown (6-1, 189, rSo.) ~ coming off knee surgery

STRONG SAFETY

+4 C.J. Barnett (6-0, 190, Jr.) OR ~ coming off knee surgery
+2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 190, So.)
16 Zach Domicone (6-3, 211, rJr.)
*28 Ron Tanner (6-1, 190, Fr.)

Legend
*Early enrollee from class of 2011
+Injured or coming off injury from last season
^Suspended first 5 games of 2011 season
#Suspender first game of 2011 season
Returning starter in bold

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