In 2009, the strength the Buckeyes was without a doubt the defensive line. They were talented, they were deep, and they were experienced. Those qualities helped Ohio State shut down the high powered, high paced Oregon offensive attack in the Rose Bowl. It was a fitting end to a great year for the line.
At the beginning of this season, there was little to no drop off in the starting four. Between Cameron Heyward, Dexter Larimore, Nathan Williams, and John Simon, Ohio State was in great shape along the defensive front.
However, depth and experience were a serious concern after losing five key contributors from the rotation. Nothing against the young linemen, but no matter how talented you are, you can’t replace three or four years of experience playing in the trenches in the Big Ten.
In the loss at Wisconsin, it was clear that the defense didn’t have enough … [Read More]
Like the annual haircut (whether needed or not), a new “look” makes a world of difference, no? Since all of the cool kids were getting new school clothes, we thought in only appropriate to join in on the blog couture arms race.
Big thanks to Chad of Digital:Construct, an OSU alum who was great to work with (even upgraded the old Etch-a-Sketch) throughout the process.
Now, news and notes from the intertubes:
Fall camp always seems to produce the juiciest news of the year and this year has been no different. For the next couple weeks I will be scouring the Buckeye-sphere for all the interesting tidbits to share.
So far there has been almost nothing but good news coming out of the WHAC. Obviously the loss of Duron Carter plus the confusion regarding TE Nic DiLillo’s situation stings a little, but everything else has been overwhelmingly positive thus far. Let’s take a look.
Color me impressed with the defensive line this spring.
After losing five key members of the rotation from last season, including two starters, it would be natural to assume that the D-Line might not be as good as last years group… at least not right away. Well, that inclination may just be wrong.
Is it possible that the line can be even better this year?Apparently people “in the know’ think that is a very real possibility.
Here are some reasons why it might happen.… [Read More]
After spending two posts (which are already outdated a week later) going over the offensive line, it is time to move back to the defensive side of the ball. In this post I will look at the defensive tackles.
Very quickly, I would like to mention that we are trying to work out a feature here at The BBC where I will come back and re-evaluate each of the positions I break down at various points throughout the season. It should be fun to track how each of the positions are performing and to look at any surprise developments. As I mentioned above, the offensive line already looks like it may be drastically different from what I was looking at in my analysis just a few days ago, so that may be one of the first … [Read More]