John Simon was one of three former players to receive championship rings at halftime of this past Saturdays Ohio State spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The defensive end more than did his part in helping the Buckeyes run the regular season table with a 12-0 record despite the specter of sanctions that kept them out of the Big Tens championship game and any postseason bowl games.
When a team of that quality loses a player like Simon the Big Tens Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 44 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks for the Buckeyes the obvious question is: how is he replaced?
Having a five-star recruit who played in 10 games as a true freshman doesnt hurt.
Adolphus Washington is going to be counted on heavily this season as he is a leading answer to the question of how to replace not just Simon but the seven defensive starters no longer on the team that includes the entire starting defensive line.
Washington made a good first impression dur...