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Michael Bennett DT 6' 3 285 lbs

Rank: 
72
Round Drafted: 
62
College: 
Ohio State

Michael Bennett is not only a key returnee along the defensive line, which lost all four of its 2012 starters, but he is expected to be a big play-maker ... the most experienced player on the defensive line, Bennett is a defensive tackle who has played in 21 games so far with one start; that coming in the season finale last year when team MVP John Simon couldn't play because of a knee issue ... Bennett was in on a career-high 42 plays from the line of scrimmage that day, and he was in on two tackles in the 26-21 win to cap a 12-0 season ... he missed the first four games of the season, but he played in the final eight games and ended up making 11 tackles ... he has 28 career tackles, including six tackles-for-loss (-28 yards) with four of those quarterback sacks ... his quarterback sack total trails only Ryan Shazier's eight sacks among returning Buckeyes ... Bennett played in all 13 games in 2011 as a true freshman ... he made 17 tackles in 2011, including 13 solos, from the defensive tackle position ... in limited playing time he finished tied for third on the team in tackles-for-loss with five ... his 27 TFL yards trailed only John Simon's 58 ... he had two TFLs, for minus-10 yards, among his season- and career-high five tackles at Nebraska ... he tied for second on the team with three quarterback sacks (vs. Akron, Nebraska and Indiana), a figure that trailed only Simon's seven.