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Buckeyes Should Have New Edge In 2012

Nathan Williams

Ohio State's 2011 defense wasn't bad, but it was missing big-play ability. Part of that was a lack of sacks, and one of the main reasons was OSU's inability to bring pressure off the edge. That situation should be rectified in 2012, though, as some players get healthy and others get brought in.

It would be wrong to say Ohio State had a disappointing defensive line in 2011. Johnny Simon was a third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten choice who led the Buckeyes with 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Sophomore Johnathan Hankins finished fourth on the team with 67 tackles and surprised with his athleticism and ability. Garrett Goebel and Adam Bellamy settled into starting roles...

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