Ohio State football is entering fall camp for 2022, and a lot of attention will be placed on getting the defense right. That includes landing on the right starters and rotation pieces for the defensive line.

In observing Ohio State’s second day of camp practices, Stephen Means with Cleveland.com shed some light on who were the first players to line up on defense for DC Jim Knowles. That group included some young players looking to make a jump.

The first Edge players in the lineup for practice were sophomores Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau. Both players appeared in all 13 games of the 2021 season as 5-star freshmen.  Zach Harrison – a former 5-star prospect – and Tyler Friday – who missed all of 2021 with an injury – were next in the rotation at Edge.

The first pieces on the interior of the defensive line were Ty Hamilton and Tyleik Williams. Hamilton also appeared in all 13 games last season while Williams appeared in 12 games. Jerron Cage and Taron Vincent were the other pieces rotated along the interior.

Of course, without an official depth chart, everything is speculation. It is possible Knowles and DL coach Larry Johnson are in the experimentation phase of training camp. Still, this DL lineup will be an interesting position to watch leading up to Week 1.

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