Projected Depth Chart: Defense

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Projected Post-Camp Depth Chart: Defense

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS — The Buckeyes know they have to be a lot better on defense in 2012 than they were a year ago. Maybe not for the opener against Miami (Ohio), but Urban Meyer has big expectations for Luke Fickell’s first defense at Ohio State.

Meyer is expected to release an updated depth chart Monday to kick off the first game week of his OSU career. We decided to take a stab at projecting what Ohio State’s two-deep might look like on offense heading into the Miami game, along with the other side of the ball.

LEO
54 John Simon (6-2, 260, Sr.)
88 Steve Miller (6-3, 255, So.) OR
8 Noah Spence (6-3, 240, Fr.)

* It will be interesting to see where Nathan Williams fits into the mix, but he probably won’t be back for the opener. Spence is going to play, so maybe Miller sees most of his time at strongside end.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
52 Johnathan Hankins (6-4, 317, Jr.)
92 Adolphus Washington (6-3, 289, Fr.)
90 Tommy Schutt (6-2, 305, Fr.)

* Hankins is going to be on the field a lot for the Buckeyes, but expect to see Washington get in there as a freshman. Schutt could also be in the mix at either D-tackle spot, but he’s behind Washington at this point.

NOSE TACKLE
53 Garrett Goebel (6-4, 285, rSr.)
51 Joel Hale (6-4, 295, So.)
72 Chris Carter (6-4, 358, rFr.)

* Goebel is the rock in the middle of OSU’s defensive line, but Hale seems to have come on strong and should get some looks inside. Carter could be an option in the red zone, but he will have earn every snap he gets.

STRONGSIDE END
63 Michael Bennett (6-3, 277, So.)
50 J.T. Moore (6-3, 250, rSo.) OR
95 Se’Von Pittman (6-3, 259, Fr.)

* It will be interesting to see what happens behind Bennett at the strongside end spot. Bennett can also play inside at tackle, but it would seem like Miller and Spence are going to get more playing time than Moore or Pittman. All four could get reps early in the year.

WILL LB
10 Ryan Shazier (6-1, 226, So.)
42 Luke Roberts (6-2, 230, Fr.) OR
25 David Perkins (6-2, 220, Fr.)

* Shazier probably won’t come off the field, ever, for the Buckeyes this fall. Almost no depth behind him, but Perkins is an intriguing option because of his speed. Both he and Roberts should be on a number of special teams units.

MIKE LB
14 Curtis Grant (6-2, 235, So.)
36 Connor Crowell (6-1, 233, rFr.)
5 Camren Williams (6-1, 225, Fr.)

* We decided not to include Storm Klein because he missed all of fall camp and because he will be suspended for at least two games to start the year. Crowell is the backup but Camren Williams is a quick learner. Grant has to play well for this team.

SAM LB
6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 237, rSr.)
15 Josh Perry (6-4, 231, Fr.)
59 Stewart Smith (6-2, 230, Sr.) OR
34 Jamal Marcus (6-2, 225, Fr.)

* Perry is a kid who really transformed his body under Mick Marotti and he could be in the mix behind Sabino. Marcus is the perfect special teams player, but he will be a terror once he learns the system.

STAR
3 Corey Brown (6-1, 197, rJr.)
30 Devan Bogard (6-0, 192, Fr.)

* It’s still possible the Buckeyes could use Christian Bryant at “Star,” but right now they are going to give Brown a chance to get on the field in nickel situations. He better play well because Bogard is right on his heels.

CORNER
1 Bradley Roby (5-11, 185 rSo.)
9 Adam Griffin (5-8, 180, rSo.)

*The Buckeyes still don’t feel like they have a solid fourth corner behind Roby, Howard and Grant, but it looks like Griffin is still ahead of the freshmen for the time being. 

CORNER
7 Travis Howard (6-1, 196, rSr.)
12 Doran Grant (5-11, 188, So.)

* It appears Howard did enough to hold on to his starting spot this fall, but Grant should see some good playing time as a second-year corner. They may even alternate him with Howard at times.

SAFETY
2 Christian Bryant (5-10, 190, Jr.)
19 Orhian Johnson (6-3, 210, rSr.)

* It looks like the Buckeyes are going to leave Bryant at deep safety in the nickel rather than moving him to Star so they can bring Johnson off the bench. Johnson would be the backup at either safety spot, though.

SAFETY
4 C.J. Barnett (6-1, 202, rJr.)
28 Ron Tanner (6-0, 192, rFr.)

* With Jamie Wood and Zach Domicone continually battling injuries, Tanner emerged as a backup at safety this fall. He is still behind Johnson and Corey Brown, but if Brown is playing Star, Tanner would be the next safety behind Barnett.

Projected Depth Chart: Offense

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