Simon made a play in the PeeSU game that I think pretty well summarized his entire career in my mind, and it also made me lament the fact that he will nearly impossible to replace. It wasn't anything that will show up in the regular box score, although he will get a pass broken up notch in the record books, but it was nonetheless a great football play. It was a passing down, a 3rd down I am pretty sure, and Simon was lined up on the left edge. He got his usual great jump off the ball putting the right tackle at an immediate disadvantage. McGloin looked to make a quick dump pass to pick up the short yardage needed to move the chains. Simon didn't have time to get to McGloin but during his spin move to the inside with his back facing McGloin he instinctively raised up his hand in an attempt to block the pass. He couldn't even see McGloin or the ball, but in a very John Simon-never-say-die way he blocked/deflected the pass and it fell harmlessly incomplete. Beautiful!!!
Big Hank is certainly being drooled all over by NFL execs/coaches like my keyboard when watching Kate Upton dance the cat-daddy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCUnWIs88CQ), but man I hope he stays in Columbus for another season. Please Johnathan, enjoy the ride. I could never judge a kid for pursuing his chosen career, especially with the finite nature of NFL careers, but IMHO Hankins is a major key in the 2013 team winning a B1G Championship and maybe more. He simply eats up blockers like no one else on this team/in this conference/maybe in the country. Every play he seems to get push into the backfield and he is relentless, often making tackles from sideline to sideline or downfiled where most interior DLineman rarely venture.
Losing Simon and Hankins would be a huge blow for next year's team. I know there is talent galore on the DLine, but I don't think there is anyway there won't be a sizeable drop off is the two of them are gone in 2013.