Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Joel Hale (51) celebrates with teammate Braxton Miller (5) after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 26-21 to go undefeated on the season at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Positional Preview: Defensive Line


At the end of this past season, Ohio State ended with the #3 national rank in the AP Poll. But now as they are coming into the upcoming 2013 campaign with the #2 rank, they are still looking to improve, even more so than last year. For the first time in a while, Ohio State will have to begin the season with no previous starters on the inside line.

The two outside guys of the D-Line, Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence, are the two youngest of the defensive end group. The two sophomores will be trying to improve upon a season where they really blossomed towards the end of the season. It’s obvious that there is talent between the two of them, but only time will tell. Urban Meyer loves what he sees with Noah Spence, here’s what he had to say about his 2nd year defensive end on elevenwarriors.com,

When you tell your coaches to go out and find players, he’s what you go find. He’s a very, very talented guy with incredible self-discipline and self-respect. I love Noah Spence.

Hopefully these guys will be able to keep their momentum as they try to reach the BCS Championship Game and dethrone the SEC as the power conference in college football.

When talking about the inside of the D-Line, we look to two guys who are a little more experienced than Spence and Washington. Michael Bennett and Joel Hale, both juniors, will be a force to be reckoned for sure. Bennett is coming off of a season riddled with a knee injury which caused him to only play eight games. With Hale, CBSSports reported that he is the leader of the defensive line. I think he’ll definitely be able to keep the line thriving all season long.

It seems like Ohio State’s defensive line will be ready for even the toughest of foes. They have a experienced inside core, with explosive outside threats. It should make for an interesting season for the Buckeyes.

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For more in our Positional Breakdown Series:

Cornerbacks

Safeties

Linebackers

Special Teams

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