A large portion of the hype leading into the first few days of Ohio State’s fall football camp has been about the outstanding freshman class, and rightfully so with a heavy injection of speed and skill at the running back and wide receiver positions.
But as important as this year’s freshmen will be to getting the offense to the next level is how much last year’s freshmen need to step up, especially on defense.
The freshman class of 2012 was highly touted in its own right, and several players made an immediate impact. As sophomores, however, they will be counted upon to be big-time players on both sides of the ball.
Leading the way on the defensive line will likely be sophomores Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, both of whom saw plenty of reps in their freshmen seasons and are high-impact linemen. They will be expected to generate a heavy pass rush to help take pressure off a thin group of linebackers.
Sophomore LBs Josh Perry and Camren Williams are each looking for extended playing time.
Perry may line up on the outside in a base 4-3 where Williams is more of an inside linebacker. They each saw some snaps last season, although Perry was much more active toward the end of the year.
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