Post Spring Depth Chart

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Post-Spring Depth Chart: Defense
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If defense does indeed win championships, the Buckeyes have a lot of work to do before the start of the 2011 season.

That’s not to say that Ohio State doesn’t have talent on the defensive side of the ball, but it is largely untapped talent to this point.

After stymieing the high-powered offenses of Oregon and Arkansas in the last two bowl games, the Buckeyes must replace seven starters on the defensive side of the ball. That includes defensive MVP Cam Heyward, a four-year player on the defensive line, and a number of multi-year starters, including cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and safety Jermale Hines.

The Buckeyes appear to have the depth up front to replace Heyward and Dexter Larimore, but can they stay healthy on the back end? Earlier this week we released our projected post-spring depth chart on the offensive side of the ball, and now we flip over and take a look at the defense.

STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END

54 John Simon (6-2, 270, Jr.)
+91 Melvin Fellows (6-5, 249, rSo.)
90 Darryl Baldwin (6-4, 267, rFr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

+54 Johnathan Hankins (6-3, 335, So.)
*51 Joe Hale (6-4, 310, Fr.)
93 Adam Bellamy (6-4, 295, rSo.)

NOSE TACKLE

53 Garrett Goebel (6-3, 281, rJr.)
93 Adam Bellamy (6-4, 295, rSo.)
68 Evan Blankenship (6-3, 288, rSr.)

WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END (LEO)

43 Nathan Williams (6-3, 260, Sr.)
^98 Solomon Thomas (6-5, 255, rSr.)
50 J.T. Moore (6-1, 246, rFr.)

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER (WILL)

42 Andrew Sweat (6-2, 238, Sr.)
41 Tony Jackson (5-11, 220, rSr.)
+38 Scott McVey (6-0, 218, rFr.)

MIDDLE LINEBACKER (MIKE)

6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 240, rJr.)
+32 Storm Klein (6-2, 230, Jr.)
39 Jordan Whiting (6-1, 238, rSo.)

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER (SAM)

*10 Ryan Shazier (6-2, 210, Fr.)
55 Jonathan Newsome (6-3, 219, Jr.)

NICKEL BACK (STAR)

+26 Tyler Moeller (6-0, 210, rSr.)
+2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 178, So.)
23 Chad Hagan (6-0, 230, rFr.)
20 Nate Oliver (6-0, 215, rSr.)

WIDESIDE CORNERBACK

7 Travis Howard (6-0, 190, rJr.)
8 Dionte Allen (5-11, 182, rJr.)
25 Vincent Petrella (5-11, 179, Jr.)

SHORTSIDE CORNERBACK

5 Dominic Clarke (5-10, 190, rSo.) OR
25 Bradley Roby (5-11, 176, rFr.)
9 Adam Griffin (5-7, 178, rFr.)

FREE SAFETY

19 Orhian Johnson (6-2, 205, rJr.)
+21 Jamie Wood (6-1, 198, rSo.) OR
16 Zach Domicone (6-3, 211, rJr.)
*17 Jeremy Cash (6-2, 190, Fr.)

STRONG SAFETY

+4 C.J. Barnett (6-0, 190, Jr.) OR
+2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 178, So.)
*28 Ron Tanner (6-1, 190, Fr.)

Legend
*Early enrollee
+Injured or coming off injury from last season
^Suspended first 5 games of 2011 season

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