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GARY GRAMLING
August 21, 2012
Urban renewal: A staunch defense will have to carry the load until the work-in-progress offense can play catch-up ball
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August 21, 2012

Ohio State Buckeyes

Urban renewal: A staunch defense will have to carry the load until the work-in-progress offense can play catch-up ball

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TELLING NUMBER

46 SACKS OF OHIO STATE QUARTERBACKS IN 2011, THIRD MOST IN THE NATION AND THE MOST A BIG TEN TEAM HAD ALLOWED IN FOUR SEASONS.

KEY RETURNEES

SS C.J. BARNETT JUNIOR

Barnett is the top returnee in a secondary that brings back all four starters. A physical run defender who more than holds his own in coverage, Barnett led the Buckeyes with 75 tackles last season.

DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS JUNIOR

The 317-pound Hankins has the talent to be the most disruptive interior force in the nation, having racked up 67 tackles in his first season as a starter. He's projected as a first-round pick should he choose to enter the NFL after this season.

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