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Finalizing the Ohio State Spring Depth Chart on Defense
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a very big spring for the Ohio State defense, as several areas of that side of the ball have undergone some significant changes. New faces in new places are just one aspect of what promises to be a brand new Buckeye defense in 2014.

Here is where things stand on the defensive depth chart as Spring Football comes to an end, including where the incoming freshmen should find themselves initially.

LE #8 Noah Spence Jr
Both Larry Johnson and Chris Ash spoke this spring about how impressed they have been with Spence.
#88 Steve Miller Sr
Miller has gotten better every season as a Buckeye, and this should be his best year yet.
#34 Jamal Marcus Jr
Marcus missed the last week or two of spring practice for academic concerns. He spent much of the spring mixing in with the twos. 
NA Jalyn Holmes Fr
It will be tough for a freshman to break into the defensive line rotation this spring, but Holmes has the type of athleticism and frame that adapts quickly.
NA Darius Slade Fr
Like Holmes, it will be difficult for Slade to find a spot in the rotation. If he doesn't make it into the rotation, then a redshirt would be expected.

RE #97 Joey Bosa So
Bosa had a very good spring. His reps were limited because they just aren't as necessary for him as they are for others.
#59 Tyquan Lewis rFr
Lewis was perhaps the talk of the defensive line this spring, and he showed everybody why in the Spring Game. He will play this year.
#94 Rashad Frazier rSr
Frazier got some very good reps this spring, but could be challenged to hold off the incoming freshmen this summer.
NA Dylan Thompson Fr
Thompson, Slade and Holmes could end up at either defensive end spot, as the Buckeyes have gone away from the Viper and Strongside, choosing instead to simply go with right and left defensive ends.

NT #63 Michael Bennett Sr
There are no questions about Bennett, and he will be an anchor for the Buckeyes this season.
#90 Tommy Schutt Jr
Schutt performed well this spring thanks to being fully healthy. He will be in the rotation.
#72 Chris Carter rJr
Larry Johnson wants to get Carter into the rotation, but needs to see continued improvement from the junior.

DT #92 Adolphus Washington Jr
Washington had a very good spring and appears fully adapted to life as a defensive tackle.
#52 Donovan Munger rFr
Munger began the spring behind the twos, finding reps where he could get them. He ended spring with the twos, passing others in the process.
#77 Michael Hill So
Hill closed very well this spring and it would be a surprise if he isn't in the rotation at defensive tackle.
#93 Tracy Sprinkle rFr
Sprinkle played both tackle and end this spring. He will play some this season, but it will be tough for him to crack the regular rotation.

Sam #43 Darron Lee rFr
Lee showcased his speed and athleticism playing the wide side of the field. He was one of the Buckeyes' most consistent defenders.
#35 Chris Worley rFr
Worley had a fantastic spring, showing fans in the Spring Game what coaches and teammates have been talking about all spring.
NA Sam Hubbard Fr
Hubbard fits the mold of former safeties playing the new Sam position which utilizes the defender's speed on the wide side of the field.

Mike #14 Curtis Grant Sr
Urban Meyer has declared the middle linebacker spot wide open, though Grant consistently repped with the ones.
#5 Raekwon McMillan Fr
McMillan got some spare snaps with the ones here and there, but spent most of his time with the twos. He will contend for the starting job in fall camp.
#55 Camren Williams Jr
Williams spent all spring splitting first-team reps with Grant, but Urban Meyer said on Saturday that the starting job is going to be a battle between Grant and McMillan. Was this simply a case of Meyer misspeaking, or tipping his hand?

Will #37 Joshua Perry Jr
Perry excelled at his new Will linebacker position, solidifying his starting job.
#36 Trey Johnson So
Johnson is in the unfortunate position of being behind Ryan Shazier last year and Perry this year.
NA Kyle Berger Fr
Urban Meyer raves about Berger, and he will be given a chance to work his way into the lineup. Could be a special teams star as well.
NA Dante Booker Fr
Some believe Booker will eventually grow into a defensive end. 

CB #12 Doran Grant  Sr
Grant battled slight injuries this spring, but he's experienced enough that he didn't need much from spring.
#26 Armani Reeves Jr
Reeves was fantastic throughout the spring, consistently blanketing receivers in coverage.
#19 Gareon Conley rFr
Conley and Apple have provided the most entertaining battle of the spring, as each shined. Conley is ahead of Apple at the moment.
#13 Eli Apple rFr
Perhaps no player on defense closed as well as Apple, showcasing his talent in front of the public the last two Saturdays of spring practice. Like Conley, he will play this season.
NA Damon Webb Fr
Webb excels at press coverage, and Kerry Coombs expects his freshmen to play.
NA Marshon Lattimore FR
Lattimore is a tremendous athlete who is being counted on to see the field in some manner.
#33 Nik Sarac rJr
Even though Sarac is a walk-on, he was solid this spring.

SS #23 Tyvis Powell rSo
Powell was one of the leaders of the defense, and one of its most talked about players this spring.
#20 Ron Tanner rJr
Tanner provides solid depth, but will be pushed by the freshmen.
NA Erick Smith Fr
Smith might just be the jewel of the 2014 recruiting class, and Urban Meyer can't stop talking about him. Could be involved at nickel or dime. He won't enroll until this summer.

FS #16 Cameron Burrows So
Burrows played well while Bell was injured, but the job is still wide open. Burrows was slated for the nickel, but Armani Reeves has taken that job. It will be interesting to see if it goes back to Burrows if he gets beat out at free safety.
#11 Vonn Bell So
Bell won't start fall camp as the #1 without showing his coaches that he's ready. Regardless of who starts when camp opens, the job will be contested throughout.
#29 Jayme Thompson rFr
Thompson played better as the spring went on. He should be involved with the special teams early.
NA Malik Hooker Fr
Hooker will be one of the best athletes on the Ohio State roster when he finally arrives this summer. It will be tough to crack the two-deep right away, however.

P #96 Cameron Johnston So
Ohio State is in a very good situation with Johnston as their punter.
#14 Jake Russell rJr
Russell probably speaks fluent Australian by now.

Final Offensive Depth Chart

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