As with any football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes have both some strengths and some weaknesses. In regards to the strengths, though, which position is at the top on the team?
Some would say with Braxton Miller, it’s the quarterback position. But with Kenny Guiton gone from the team, the depth at the position behind Miller is lacking a little bit.
That’s why it shouldn’t come as a shock that the experts at the Big Ten tabbed the beasts up front on defensive as tops in the program for 2014.
On their official website, Big Ten writer Sean Merriman listed the top position for each team in the conference, and he had this to say about the Buckeyes’ defensive line.
1. Ohio State Defensive Line
After having to replace all four starters on the defensive line last season, Ohio State may have the top defensive line in the country. The Buckeyes return a pair of dominant defensive ends, in Noah Spence and Joey Bosa, who combined for 15.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss last season. On the interior, Ohio State has both Michael Bennett and Joel Hale, who were both outstanding in 2013 and should be All-Big Ten performers. Add in Adolphus Washington, one of the top up-and-coming defensive lineman in the conference, and you have the Big Ten’s top position unit – and maybe the best in the nation. Yes, this group is that good.
Of course, he’s correct. With all the spaces that needed to be filled coming into last season, this group ended up doing a masterful job in nearly leading the team to a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.
The best could be yet to come in 2014.