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Who has been Ohio State's most valuable defensive lineman over the first 3 games?

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gwalther's picture

Big Michael Bennett, without a doubt. That may change going forward, but man, love having him on the line w Spence and Washington.

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BoFuquel's picture

Bennett has played the best, but Bosa is the most valuable. GO BUCKS!

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TMac's picture

Spence and Bennett's play may be marginally better than Bosa, but for the true freshman to step in at thislevel of play when Washington and Shutt are out has to be the most valuable piece to date. 

BucksfanXC's picture

I think Spence has the most valuable results so far, but Bosa is doing work on that line. We need the middle guys to step up their game.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

 I just wanna say that it's pretty awesome to know that with the guys currently playing and the guys OSU is bringing in that the d-line will be a strength for years to come. 

Kindell's picture

Spence is 5th on the team in tackles and leads the team in sacks and TFL.  I still voted Bosa because I think he has been big filling in for Washington.

luckynutz's picture

Bennett...kid has transformed himself into a legit force in the middle of the line. Getting big stops and showing excellent leadership. Do love the way bosa has stepped up and filled in though. Just imagine how much better he will be going forward.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Bennett has been nasty, Spence has been consistent, Bosa has been surprisingly good for a true frosh.
Best way to give a short analysis thus far, I believe. Happy with all of them, really.

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gobucks96's picture

Bennett and Spence, but I lean towards Spence for the momentum changing plays.

BucksfanXC's picture

I'd like to hear from those voting "Other" because to me, this was a tough question, but there weren't any other options that come to mind for me. Chris Carter maybe? Farris?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Oyster's picture

I picked other first thing this morning but didn't have time to comment.  In my opinion, and this is not a dig on the other teams, OSU really hasn't played anyone yet that would give the staff an idea as to what their value to the team is right now.  Cal was the closest, but they certainly don't have the athletes that OSU will be facing once conference play starts.  In short, other because you can't tell yet. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

That's a fair point. We don't have a ton to go on with this D-line. I've liked much of what I've seen, but competition hasn't been all that great thus far. Which means we won't know much after this Saturday either, other than if guys can get up for ANY opponent they face and give maximum effort, even when they're a huge favorite.

Oyster's picture

It gives everyone on the depth chart a chance to play in a live game and get some experience in front of a crowd.  That is something you can't get in practice. 

BucksfanXC's picture

Fair enough. I can see that

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brandonbauer87's picture

I'd like to defend my vote for Steve Miller, but I can't. I meant to vote for Michael Bennett. 

WC Buckeye's picture

I think it would be interesting to come up with an "impact snaps" metric, i.e. tackles made per player per snap played. Steve Miller doesn't get a whole lot of snaps, but he seems to do a lot with those he does get. Do we have something like this?

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yrro's picture

If we go by the charting project, I'd have to say Bennett. Although it's close.

USMC11917's picture

All three of the front runners have been great but I picked Bosa because of his play, handicapped by his college experience. We have noticed little drop off and for that he gets my vote.

sb97's picture

I voted Bennet but it seems like a case could be made for Spence, Bennett or Bosa.

osuguy2008's picture

Spence is probably the biggest freak on the DLine and has the highest ceiling but I voted for Bennet just based on play & performance right now.
 
Ask this question again as the season goes along and throughout next year and I think things could change in Spence's favor. 

XUbuckeye's picture

MVP doesn't always mean "best." With that in mind, I went with Bosa. He has done an amazing job filling in for Washington. He's going to be a great one.

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

DbuckiMcG's picture

I would say Spence if he could contribute more consistently in Run Defense. Easy to see his skills, he plays fast, but he gets suckered a lot on misdirection and does not set a good edge.

KBonay's picture

Bennett for consistency.  But Bosa as a nice surprise (although we pretty much knew he was going to kill it).

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Went with Spence, but Bennett and Bosa have played great!

BenArazi4's picture

 
 
Very tough question but I voted Bennett, he has been a force on the inside especially in pass rush situations.  Absolutely impressed with Bosa, I think he is playing lights out.  I would like to see more from Spence, has looked good on pass rushing situations but I feel like somethings missing, maybe aggression and lower body strength.  Steve Miller needs more reps, everytime I see him in the game he has been blowing up the O-Line.  Everytime!  Against SDSU he seemed to be in the backfield on every play he was in, would like to see a lot more out of him.  Have not really noticed Marcus but I felt after watching his high school tape that he is going to be a big factor here.

 
 
 

edr4225's picture

 i voted bosa, who knew this freshmen would step right in and succeed, we havent even heard the likes of tyquan lewis or tracy sprinkle, billy prce.  the talent in the Dline is crazy!! 

lets go bucks!!