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A three-year starter, Chekwa locks down opposing receivers so well that quarterbacks often avoid throwing to his side of the field. The speedy Floridian also anchors Ohio State's 4×100 relay team, which won the 2009 Big Ten outdoor title.
DE CAMERON HEYWARD SENIOR
The son of the late NFL star Craig (Ironhead) Heyward returned for his senior season despite a projected first-round draft grade. With a thinner rotation up front, coaches expect him to play more snaps, which should mean an increase from last year's 6½ sacks.
LB BRIAN ROLLE SENIOR
The Buckeyes' latest productive middle linebacker, Rolle notched 94 tackles and seven tackles for loss in 2009, his first season as a starter. "When the ball is snapped," says Tressel, "he's flying."
WR DEVIER POSEY JUNIOR
In his first year as a starter the speedy Posey emerged as a favorite target for Terrelle Pryor, catching 60 passes for 828 yards and eight touchdowns. In a 38-7 rout of Minnesota, he scored TDs of 62 and 57 yards.
DT JOHN SIMON SOPHOMORE
After strong spring, ready to start plugging holes