2020 Linebacker Discussion

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    The linebacker position has to be considered the strength of the defense next year........

    Browning
    Mitchell
    Gant
    Werner
    Borland
    Pope

    All returning........
     
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    LINEBACKERS (13)
    Returning Players: Pete Werner (1,463), Tuf Borland (1,336), Baron Browning (752), Jahsen Wint (267), Justin Hilliard (245*), Dallas Gant (126), Teradja Mitchell (101), K’Vaughan Pope (79), Craig Young (15), Tommy Eichenberg (5)
    Newcomers: Mitchell Melton, Cody Simon, Kourt Williams

    A position that had been one of Ohio State’s biggest question marks entering the past couple seasons is suddenly one of the Buckeyes’ strongest and deepest positions going into 2020. Werner and Borland, who have both already been starters at Ohio State for the past two seasons, are the second- and third-most experienced players on the entire team (behind Munford), while Browning has also seen substantial playing time over the past two years and could potentially slide over to weakside linebacker to replace Malik Harrison and start alongside them as a senior.

    Hilliard adds more experience to the group after seeing regular playing time in four-linebacker packages this past season and receiving a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Wint, who saw substantial playing time at safety in 2018 before moving to bullet this past season, is another player who adds experienced depth in the linebacker room entering his fifth year at Ohio State.

    Gant, Mitchell and Pope, meanwhile, are a talented trio of juniors who have been blocked on the depth chart for the first two years of their Ohio State careers, but have flashed in limited playing time and should be ready to play bigger roles in the rotation as needed in 2020.

    Young and Eichenberg, who both played mostly on special teams as true freshmen, and incoming freshmen Melton, Simon and Williams (who could also end up at safety) give Ohio State a strong stable of young linebackers who will probably be blocked on the depth chart this year but will prepare to become the Buckeyes’ next wave at the position behind their eight upperclassmen.
     
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