Continuing on with the Buckeye Empire Summer Series, we continue to look at the defensive line. This year the Buckeyes will be looking for someone to replace 2nd team All-American Johnathan Hankins, after he left the Buckeyes to pursue his NFL dreams. The man that has a shot at filling that void is 6’3” 262 pound Red-Shirt Junior J.T. Moore. J.T. is an Ohio native hailing from Boardman High School in Youngstown, OH.
J.T. has only played in 17 games for the Buckeyes in his career; he saw action in only 4 games last year. He saw playing time in the Buffalo game where he recorded 1 tackle, the only one he had during the season. This has to be a year for J.T. to step up if he wants to see more playing time than he did last year. J.T. is the most experienced defensive lineman that the Buckeyes have. He has a total of 9 career starts; the next closest guy has 2. This is the first time since 1985 that the Buckeyes have not returned a single starter on the defensive line, that’s 28 years meaning the last time this happened to the Buckeyes I wasn’t even born. So this young offensive line is going to need someone to lead it, could that man be J.T?
The 2013 season kicked off in April with the Scarlet and Gray game. In the spring game this year J.T was on the winning Scarlet team, where he recorded only one tackle. That tackle just happened to be a sack for a loss of 7 yards. It’s hard for defensive lineman to record a lot of tackles especially in the interior part of the line. Those guys are always getting double teamed up front and that is part of their job, so the linebackers can roam free to make plays. The great lineman still make plays and that is what J.T. is going to have to do this year for the Buckeyes. This could be his shot to make a name for himself this year, let’s hope he is up to the challenge.