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Peeking Ahead to 2013: Defense Needs Restocked
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Unlike the offense, Ohio State’s defense will have some major holes to fill next season. It starts with senior captains John Simon, Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino, but also guys like Garrett Goebel, Travis Howard and Orhian Johnson.

The big question is whether or not the Buckeyes will have Johnathan Hankins and Bradley Roby back for their run at a national championship. Indications are that Roby appears to be leaning towards another season – he’s only a redshirt sophomore – but it’s too early to tell on Hankins.

We’ll assume, for the moment, both guys are going to be back in the scarlet gray. With that in mind, here’s a quick peek at what Ohio State’s defense might look like next season, as the Buckeyes add another talented crop of young freshmen in the class of 2013. 

STRONGSIDE END

Adolphus Washington (So.) OR
Michael Bennett (Jr.)
Se’Von Pittman (rFr.)
Joey Bosa (Fr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

*Johnathan Hankins (Sr.)
Tommy Schutt (So.)
Billy Price (Fr.)

NOSE TACKLE

Joel Hale (Jr.)
Chris Carter (rSo.)
Michael Hill (Fr.)

LEO/VIPER (RUSH END)

Noah Spence (So.)
Steve Miller (Jr.)
Tyquan Lewis (Fr.)
Tracy Sprinkle (Fr.)

SAM (STRONGSIDE) LINEBACKER

Joshua Perry (So.)
Jamal Marcus (So.)

MIKE (MIDDLE) LINEBACKER

Camren Williams (So.)
Curtis Grant (Jr.)
Luke Roberts (So.)

WILL (WEAKSIDE) LINEBACKER

Ryan Shazier (Jr.)
David Perkins (So.)
Connor Crowell (rSo.)

STAR (NICKEL BACK)

Corey Brown (rSr.)
De’van Bogard (So.)

CORNERBACK

*Bradley Roby (rJr.)
Armani Reeves (So.)
Eli Woodard (Fr.)

CORNERBACK

Doran Grant (Jr.)
Adam Griffin (rJr.)
Najee Murray (So.)

SAFETY

Christian Bryant (Sr.)
Ron Tanner (rSo.)
Cam Burrows (Fr.)

SAFETY

C.J. Barnett (rSr.)
Corey Brown (rSr.)
Jayme Thompson (Fr.)

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