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Position preview: Defensive backs

Breaking down the Ohio State roster with training camp over and the program turning its attention to the opener on Saturday against Buffalo.

Position preview: Defensive line

August, 21, 2013 Aug 21 11:00 AM ET Breaking down the Ohio State roster as training camp winds down and the program turns its attention to the opener on Aug. 31 against Buffalo. DEFENSIVE LINE Top of the depth chart: Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence at end with Michael Bennett and Joel Hale on the interior Next in line: Ankle injuries in spring practice kept Tommy Schutt from making it a three-man rotation in the middle, but he is healthy now and pushing for work at tackle along with the more veteran starters. Chris Carter isn’t exactly slim and probably never will be, but he has shed some weight and could be a valuable run-stopper when the situation is right. Rashad Frazier has emerged as a viable option at end, and the transition of Jamal Marcus from linebacker a year ago to pass-rushing threat on the edge has apparently been a success as he and Steve Miller offer two more useful bodies off the bench. New faces: For all of Urban …

Spring forward: DTs breakdown

With national signing day in the books, the next big date on the Ohio State calendar as it continues working toward an encore for an undefeated season in 2013 is spring practice. Before those workouts begin, BuckeyeNation will take a look at each position to see where the roster is at — and where it’s going. DEFENSIVE TACKLES Who’s back: The void in the middle of the defensive line is substantial, but that doesn’t mean it’s likely to become a black hole for Ohio State as it transitions to life without Johnathan Hankins and Garrett Goebel.

Spring forward: DEs breakdown

With national signing day in the books, the next big date on the Ohio State calendar as it continues working toward an encore in 2013 of an undefeated season is spring practice. Before those workouts begin, BuckeyeNation will take a look at each position to see where the roster is at — and where it’s going. DEFENSIVE ENDS Who’s back: The Buckeyes don’t exactly have a shortage of talented defenders returning to the fold up front, but it’s what they’re missing that will dominate the discussion heading into spring and the summer workouts.

Next up: Replacing Nathan Williams

Heading into the new year and offseason workouts, BuckeyeNation will look at some holes left by the departing Ohio State veterans and potential candidates to fill them. DEFENSIVE END Who: Despite hardly practicing in live situations at all during training camp and still needing to have his reps limited during the first half of the season, Nathan Williams gave the Buckeyes the kind of help up front they were hoping for as he worked back from microfracture knee surgery.

Next up: Replacing Johnathan Hankins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heading into the new year and offseason workouts, BuckeyeNation will look at some holes left by the departing Ohio State veterans and potential candidates to fill them, continuing today in the trenches. DEFENSIVE TACKLE Who: The Buckeyes might have held out some slim hope that Johnathan Hankins would return for another year and a chance to compete for a championship, but with his stock already so high, that always was going to be a bonus and not an expectation heading into Urban Meyer’s second season with the program.

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Ohio State’s Preseason Depth Chart

Ohio State has released their preseason depth chart this morning.  There are 10 true freshmen listed.  See the chart below or download the full version here.

Offense

QUARTERBACK
5 Braxton Miller (6-3, 210, So.)
13 Kenny Guiton (6-3, 206, …

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