Ohio State is losing defensive starters early to the NFL left and right.
But while the Buckeyes already lost a cornerback, safety and linebacker early to the draft, they haven’t lost a defensive lineman that way.
On Saturday, Sam Hubbard announced his return. Last night, Jalyn Holmes did the same.
And on Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported that Tyquan Lewis will also be back in 2017. His return was a bit of a surprise after his dominant season.
Lewis was the B1G’s defensive lineman of the year after posting 10.5 tackles for loss, eight of which were sacks. He finished the season with 29 total tackles, five quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two pass deflections.
As the steadiest contributor up front, Lewis helped the Buckeyes finish fourth nationally in total defense. Lewis played in every game since the start of his freshman year in 2014.
With Lewis, Hubbard and Holmes back in the fold, as well as freshman All-American Nick Bosa, the Buckeyes will return one of the best defensive lines in college football in 2017.