2012 Ohio State Buckeyes football: first two deep roster

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The first official two-deep chart of the Urban Meyer coaching era at Ohio State was revealed today as Meyer presented it to a room of more than 40 reporters covering the news at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center.

With 18 starters returning from last season including both kickers, there are plenty of familiar names on the two-deep chart, including fourth-year starting fullback Zach Boren and three-year starters Jake Stoneburner (tight end), John Simon (defensive line) and C.J. Barnett (safety).

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Urban Meyer finds Ohio State defense ahead of offense thus far

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The first Ohio State Buckeyes spring football season of Urban Meyer is about 1/3 way through. Much like last season, in which the defense was rather superior to the offense, Meyer expects the d have an advantage over the o in the early spring practice sessions.

“This early, the defense better win,” Meyer told about 35 assembled members of the media after practice. “They are playing well. The defense has two guys – John Simon and Johnathan Hankins – who are disrupting everything.”

Look for John Simon to be one of the most dominatnt defensive players on both the Buckeyes and in the Big Ten this year.

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Buckeyes John Simon Bright Spot in Mediocre Ohio St. Season

The Ohio State Buckeyes are having a very mediocre season. Their win at Illinois Saturday saved their season. It put them back over .500 and in the discussion for at least a minor bowl. Their offense is still terrible, but their defense has been very strong.

John Simon’s aggressive, relentless pursuit of the opposition is a big reason why. The junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, is climbing up NFL scouts draft boards as this week he took home the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference.

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