2020 Defensive Line Discussion

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    I think we are setting up really well on the defensive line.........

    A few need to step-up........

    Taron Vincent
    Tommy Togiai
    Haskell Garrett
    Tyreke Smith
    Jonathan Cooper
    Zach Harrison
    Tyler Friday
     
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    Will versatile Ohio State defensive linemen make way into rotation?
    Larry Johnson only has three defensive linemen signed in 2020, but two of them will be enrolling early with a chance to compete for playing time at Ohio State.

    And the odds of playing early go way up for Darrion Henry and Jacolbe Cowan if they become more receptive to playing on the interior of the defensive line. With DaVon Hamilton and Robert Landers departing, there’s no clear-cut, entrenched starters in their way. Both Cowan and Henry are more comfortable playing defensive end, but with both of them checking in around the 6-foot-4, 270-pound range, their frames may end up making them better suited for the 3-tech defensive spot in Johnson’s scheme.

    Ohio State will need one of its untested interior linemen to step up and show out as Jonathon Cooper, Tyreke Smith, Tyler Friday, Zach Harrison and Javontae Jean-Baptiste handle the edges of the defense. If Henry or Cowan want to play early, committing to the idea could help them establish themselves early for Ryan Day.
     
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    TWO VERSATILE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
    Jacolbe Cowan and Darrion Henry-Young are both listed as defensive tackles on their 247Sports profiles, but if you ask either one of them, they’ll tell you they’re coming to Ohio State to play defensive end.

    Ultimately, where they end up along Larry Johnson’s defensive line could depend upon where the Buckeyes need their contributions most, but what they both bring to Ohio State are combinations of size, strength and quickness that give them the versatility to line up both outside and inside. By arriving at Ohio State a semester early, they improve their chances of proving they belong in the rotation at one spot or another and getting on the field as true freshmen.

    The two defensive linemen are similar in many ways – both of them measure in at 6-foot-5 and are in the same weight range (Cowan is listed as 262 pounds, while Henry-Young told Eleven Warriors he’s down to 255), and they’re separated by just five spots in the overall composite rankings – so they should come in with a similar chance of playing early, and how well they perform in spring practice will likely go a long way in determining how big their early roles will be.

    Hypothetically, there could be a quicker path to the field at defensive tackle than defensive end – the Buckeyes lost three defensive tackles from their rotation this past season, while Chase Young is the only departing defensive end – but they both expect to get a chance to show what they can do on the edge, first, while working with Johnson to determine the best plan for their long-term development.
     
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    DEFENSIVE ENDS (10)
    Returning Players: Jonathon Cooper (925*), Tyreke Smith (426), Tyler Friday (305), Zach Harrison (284), Javontae Jean-Baptiste (201), Noah Potter (37), Cade Stover (35)
    Newcomers: Jacolbe Cowan, Ty Hamilton, Darrion Henry-Young

    While the Buckeyes lose superstar defensive end Chase Young, they return all but one of their other scholarship defensive ends from last season, including Cooper, whose decision to redshirt this past season gives Ohio State a huge boost of experience and senior leadership at the position for 2020.

    Smith and Friday are also in line to be veteran leaders of the defensive end rotation entering their third seasons at Ohio State, while Harrison already played the second-most snaps among Ohio State defensive ends as a true freshman and will be in line for an even bigger role in 2020 now that he has a year at the collegiate level under his belt.

    Jean-Baptiste, who saw playing time in all but the final game of this past season, should also have a role in the rotation. Potter and Stover, who are now redshirt freshmen, are also likely to be more ready for increased playing time in 2020.

    Cowan, Hamilton and Henry-Young are all versatile defensive linemen who could potentially play outside or inside for the Buckeyes. It’s likely that at least one of them will end up at defensive tackle for at least this season, as Ohio State currently has a much deeper roster at end than tackle, but each of them primarily view themselves as ends and expect to at least get a shot to start their careers on the edge.
     
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    DEFENSIVE TACKLES (6)
    Returning Players: Haskell Garrett (406), Tommy Togiai (364), Antwuan Jackson (225), Jerron Cage (105), Taron Vincent (98), Jaden McKenzie (11)

    Ohio State loses its three most experienced defensive tackle from 2019 – Jashon Cornell, DaVon Hamilton and Robert Landers – who were all fifth-year seniors, leaving the Buckeyes somewhat unproven at defensive tackle, though they still have several players at the position who have seen their share of regular playing time.

    Garrett has mixed into the defensive tackle rotation for each of the past three years at the 3-technique position, while Togiai has rotated in at nose tackle for the past two seasons. Jackson gained valuable experience lining up at both spots this past season, while Cage also saw occasional playing time in 2019.

    At a position where Larry Johnson likes to rotate at least two or three players at both spots, depth is a concern as the Buckeyes currently have only six scholarship players who are sure-fire defensive tackles. They don’t have any established stars at the position either, as none of their returning defensive tackles have ever started a collegiate game.

    Togiai and Vincent, who missed the entire 2019 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, are potential breakout stars as third-year players for the Buckeyes. Garrett, Jackson and Cage are all upperclassmen, so Ohio State will have a veteran presence in the defensive tackle room. Their back-end depth at the position, where McKenzie played in only two games this past season and is the Buckeyes’ only second-year scholarship player, is a real question though.
     
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    Still a loaded room...Togiai needs to make the move towards elite. Tie up 2-3...center, guard, tackle or running back. Vincent, if healthy, will solidify the middle. The rest add depth and rotation.

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