Projected Depth Chart: Defense

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Post-Camp Depth Chart: Defense
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State Head Coach Luke Fickell says his team will be “men of action,” but which of his men will be a part of the action?

After an intense fall camp, the Buckeyes are ready to finally get out there and hit someone else, but they will have to wait just a little bit longer. The first game week also signals the end of fall camp in Columbus.

We take a look at where the depth chart likely stands heading into the first week of the 2011 college football season.

(Editor’s note: Suspended players have been dropped to bottom of the depth chart at their position.)

STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END

(Editor’s note: Like John Simon, both Michael Bennett and Darryl Baldwin can play outside at strongside defensive end and inside at defensive tackle.)

54 John Simon (6-2, 270, Jr.)
63 Michael Bennett (6-3, 280, Fr.)
90 Darryl Baldwin (6-4, 290, rFr.)
+91 Melvin Fellows (6-5, 270, rSo.) ~ still battling knee injuries
86 Kenny Hayes (6-5, 240, Fr.)

NOSE TACKLE

(Editor’s note: The Buckeyes can also slide Johnathan Hankins over to nose tackle when they take Goebel off the field.)

53 Garrett Goebel (6-3, 290, rJr.)
68 Evan Blankenship (6-3, 288, rSr.)
95 Don Matheney (6-0, 310, Sr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

(Editor’s note: Both Adam Bellamy and Joel Hale can play inside at defensive tackle or outside at strongside defensive end.)

52 Johnathan Hankins (6-3, 335, So.)
93 Adam Bellamy (6-4, 302, rSo.)
51 Joe Hale (6-4, 305, Fr.)
57 Chase Farris (6-6, 265, Fr.)

WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END (LEO)

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

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER (WILL)

42 Andrew Sweat (6-2, 238, Sr.)
41 Tony Jackson (5-11, 225, rSr.)
20 Nate Oliver (6-0, 215, rSr,)

MIDDLE LINEBACKER (MIKE)

32 Storm Klein (6-2, 240, Jr.)
14 Curtis Grant (6-3, 225, Fr.)
#39 Jordan Whiting (6-1, 238, rSo.)

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER (SAM)

(Editor’s note: After playing MLB in the spring, Etienne Sabino moved to Sam LB in the base this fall, but it looks like he will slide back over to MLB when the defense goes to nickel.)

+6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 242, rJr.) ~ broke hand in jersey scrimmage
10 Ryan Shazier (6-2, 210, Fr.)
+38 Scott McVey (6-0, 218, rFr.) ~ still battling shoulder injury

NICKEL BACK (STAR)

(Editor’s note: With Tyler Moeller’s return and the development of Christian Bryant, the Buckeyes will likely spend more time in the nickel defense this fall than their traditional 4-3 base defense.)

+26 Tyler Moeller (6-0, 210, rSr.) ~ returned to practice after battling strained groin
2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 190, So.)
+23 Chad Hagan (6-0, 225, rFr.)
34 Nate Ebner (6-0, 205, Sr.)

WIDESIDE CORNERBACK

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

SHORTSIDE CORNERBACK

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

FREE SAFETY

19 Orhian Johnson (6-2, 205, rJr.)
3 Corey Brown (6-1, 189, rSo.)
21 Jamie Wood (6-1, 200, rSo.)
+17 Jeremy Cash (6-2, 190, Fr.) ~ has missed most of fall camp due to injury

STRONG SAFETY

4 C.J. Barnett (6-0, 190, Jr.)
2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 190, So.)
16 Zach Domicone (6-3, 211, rJr.)
28 Ron Tanner (6-1, 190, Fr.)

Legend
+Injured or just coming back from an injury.  
^Suspended first 5 games of 2011 season
#Suspender first game of 2011 season
Returning starter in bold

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