focus on defense
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.