Projected Spring Depth Chart Defense

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Projected Spring Depth Chart: Defense
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes finally hit the practice field last Wednesday after a long off-season of speculation as to what Urban Meyer’s first team might look like at Ohio State.

Meyer was hardly bouncing off the walls after watching his team practice for the first of 15 times this spring, but there were some interesting observations to be made on day one.

Among them was a brief look at what Ohio State’s depth chart might look like this spring. Here is our take on what the defense could look like this spring, taking into account some of the rotations, along with some of the things we already knew about this OSU football team.

STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END

93 Adam Bellamy (6-4, 292, rJr.)
63 Michael Bennett (6-3, 277, So.)
+50 J.T. Moore (6-3, 250, rSo.)

NOSE TACKLE

53 Garrett Goebel (6-4, 285, rSr.)
51 Joel Hale (6-4, 295, So.)
96 Kharim Stephens (6-2, 280, rSr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

52 Johnathan Hankins (6-4, 317, Jr.)
57 Chase Farris (6-4, 286, rFr.) OR
86 Kenny Hayes (6-5, 285, rFr.)

WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END (LEO)

54 John Simon (6-2, 260, Sr.)
88 Steve Miller (6-3, 255, So.)
**11 Se’Von Pittman (6-5, 245, Fr.)
+43 Nathan Williams (6-3, 255, rSr.) ~ No football activity in spring (knee)

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER (WILL)

10 Ryan Shazier (6-1, 226, So.)
**42 Luke Roberts (6-2, 230, Fr.)

MIDDLE LINEBACKER (MIKE)

14 Curtis Grant (6-3, 235, So.)
+32 Storm Klein (6-2, 242, Sr.)
36 Connor Crowell (6-1, 233, rFr.)

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER (SAM)

6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 237, rSr.)
*15 Josh Perry (6-4, 231, Fr.) OR
59 Stewart Smith (6-3, 230, rSr.)

NICKEL BACK (STAR)

2 Christian Bryant (5-10, 190, Jr.)
3 Corey Brown (6-1, 197, rJr.)

CORNERBACK

7 Travis Howard (6-1, 196, rSr.)
9 Adam Griffin (5-8, 180, rSo.) OR
*23 Tyvis Powell (6-3, 196, Fr.)

CORNERBACK

25 Bradley Roby (5-11, 185 rSo.)
12 Doran Grant (5-11, 188, So.)
13 Julian Vann (5-10, 178, rSo.)

SAFETY

2 Christian Bryant (5-10, 190, Jr.)
19 Orhian Johnson (6-3, 210, rSr.)
28 Ron Tanner (6-0, 192, rFr.)

SAFETY

4 C.J. Barnett (6-1, 202, rJr.)
3 Corey Brown (6-1, 197, rJr.)
+21 Jamie Wood (6-1, 207, rJr.) ~ Underwent shoulder surgery in Jan.

Key

*Class of 2012 member who enrolled in January
**Class of 2012 member who enrolled in March
Returning Starter
+Limited or OUT during spring practice because of injury

Projected Offensive Depth Chart

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