State Of The Position: Ohio State's Defensive Line As Deep As Ever With Larry Johnson At The Helm

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AC's picture

State of the position: Strong

Tommy Togiai next to Taron Vincent for two years... There will be carnage and offensive players will die...

emotionally exhausted and morally bankrupt 

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Hovenaut's picture

The balance LJSR has inside and outside might elevate this group to the best he's had in Columbus yet...and that's saying something.

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DCDDC's picture

I love the way you are thinking Hovenaut.

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Zone's picture

They're stacked. All of these guys could be starters for teams this year.

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Colortv1967's picture

That can be said about all elite teams. Each have  2 and 3 deep players who could start elsewhere.

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CowCat's picture

True, other elite teams have deep rosters, but that means if a DL transfers from Ohio state, the odds are they're not going to start at another elite school. They'll end up at a lesser school and they won't be coached up by Larry Johnson. As we've seen, playing for Johnson can get a player into the NFL with only 2 years of starting experience.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Homey1970's picture

With the new Transfer Portal, it takes some big cajones to make a depth chart prediction past...say, September 2019.

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

Very true, but it is still one of the coolest things to look at in these articles. Love the long term look at the cupboard even if it is an educated guess.

Go BUCKEYES!

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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Buctor's picture

 A most impressive list of players with a most impressive coach!!!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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Spider1944's picture

I am a B1G Larry Johnson fan. Obviously he’s a great coach. But some little things about him that I like that adds to his appeal.

1. His playing a lot of kids. If they “are good enough to play for most teams” then they should be able to get on the field at Ohio State. The benefits to the team are enormous. 

2. His demeanor. He is so calm. He treats every one of his kids as if they were starters. 

3. His life style. No screaming nor cussing. He is a top notch human being. 

Go Bucks!! 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

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Ethos's picture

When Larry Johnson leaves, that's going to be an Urban Meyer sized gap to replace and they don't have a Day type coach behind him.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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HowSheGoneEat's picture

I get the feeling Al Washington was told come to OSU, coach LBers, and learn the DLine from LJ because he won't be around long. Al was expressed that he prefers coaching the DLine (he played there in college). 

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Stoicpaisano's picture

I believe they are grooming GA Kenny Anunike for the position. Grad degree, Super Bowl ring, immigrant son? Other than experience, he’s the perfect guy to wow parents.

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BTBuckeye's picture

That's about as deep as it gets. 

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Trebor40's picture

A great coach and an even better man LJ thank you for this embarrassment of riches!  

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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Cooper's picture

I’ll bet that Jack Sawyer makes the two deep for the 2021 season. He’s looking to be a generational talent.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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DCDDC's picture

After watching his high school football and basketball highlights, he might just get some starts as a freshman.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

LJ is part of the legacy of Urban Meyer. A combination of circumstances favorable to Ohio State brought him here. One could say that LJ is the most important single individual that Urban brought into the program. He has been a true blessing, and I am daily amazed and grateful that he is coaching at Ohio State.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Colortv1967's picture

This group should be deep. Look at the huge number on scholarship. 

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PRO8's picture

It is hard to pass up that kind of talent when it is there and willing. With the needs of  4 man position of the dline that is ~ 4 per year signed which looks very reasonable only the O line would be expected to have an amount close to that number and probably does. 

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yankeescum's picture

So this is something that I have been thinking about for the last couple of years, and especially this spring, but doesn't it seem as though the divine Mr. Landers has been playing out of position for the last couple of years? He seems to me like the absolute prototype three technique. Shorter, quick as a jackrabbit mating, and a guy with a devastating first step. I think the assumption that he is locked into nose tackle is odd, especially with Hamilton and Togiai at NT. I think he replaces Jones, with Cornell and Vincent sharing some reps with him. It is the same thing that our man Adolphus Washington did a few years back.

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GVerrilli92's picture

I think him playing NG has always been a bit of strategy. BBs jump at the snap is a cheat code, so you put him as close to the ball as possible. My HS coach tried similar things, with me actually. That was a failure.

Landers' jump at three tech wouldn't be as devastating and he'd get pushed around due to his size. It's typically boom or bust with him, half of his total tackles are TFLs. Having him and a more traditional 1 tech - Davon Hamilton - rotate is actually pretty perfect IMO

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va_buck's picture

Remember when some us were wringing our hands when Vrabel left us.  Who would have guessed the situation would go from great to whatever is better than great.

VA_Buck

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Eph97's picture

what bad luck that we never got to see Spence/JBosa or Young/NBosa play together for an extended period of time. Hope Zach Harrison can be an impact player as a freshman to play alongside Young.

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GVerrilli92's picture

I think about those lines pretty often. People can easily forget how impactful Nick was and what it meant to the team when he went down. As individual players, both Bosas were worth points on the board. Directly and indirectly, their involvement in games meant less points for the opponent and more for us. It's actually that simple.

Could Nick Bosa have strip sacked the QB and returned it for a TD against Purdue in game breaking fashion? We'll never know!

Kitties aren't supposed to smell like cigarettes, they're supposed to smell like kitties.

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RBuck's picture

Damn, we are loaded

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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irishfury's picture

Its pretty nice when you go down a list and every player on that list your like MAN I HOPE HE GETS SOME PLAYING TIME.  He going to be special.

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chirobuck's picture

I think Cornell should rotate in but i want to either Garrett or Vincent to start at the 3, they are the future, and is there a more intriguing player on the team than Alex Williams.....6'7" 270 lbs, once they find a role for him he could be monster at some point

 

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DCDDC's picture

I expect big things from Garret this year Chirobuck.

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semperfibuck's picture

There is no better or richer position on the team. Thanks, Coach Johnson! 

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Boom777's picture

9 units strong blah blah blah... most important unit on the team is d-line.... 2007 is a reminder of ghost of d-line’s past...I know Urban broke even but that shit stung! 

Wherever you are, there you be!

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tGW's picture

285? Bahaha...me too. 

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awlinBrutus's picture

Wow, been awhile since we have had this many 4&5th year players in the same position group other than OL. Seems like Wisconsin reloads their OL with 5th year guys. By the 5th year these guys are grown ass men mentally & physically. Our DL is going to dominate.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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warosu's picture

Damn the D-Line is FUCKING STACKED!!!!!!!! End of rant......

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