fo­cus on de­fense

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

One of the pri­or­i­ties in the off­sea­son was to so­lid­ify a de­fen­sive line that lost end Thad­deus Gib­son and tack­les Doug Wor­thing­ton and Todd Den­linger. The good news is se­nior de­fen­sive end Cameron Hey­ward re­turns af­ter post­ing a team-lead­ing 6.5 sacks in 2009 along with 69 tack­les.

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jim Hea­cock has ex­pe­ri­ence in­side with se­nior Dex­ter La­ri­more and sopho­more John Simon and at the ends, where Ohio State has Hey­ward and ju­nior Nathan Wil­liams. Se­nior Dex­ter La­ri­more is back at tackle while sopho­more John Simon will be ex­pected to step up.

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