Meyer was quoted as saying, "It's hard for me to say that he (Bennett) isn't one of the four best," but Michael Bennett was still listed as Johnathan Hankins backup today. The sophomore defensive lineman has been one of the biggest surprises of this spring period, and it seemed as if he had worked his way into the starting lineup.
No one expected Bennett to surpass Hankins, but many expected the young d-lineman to replace Adam Bellamy as the other starting defensive end. This, of course, was not the case, and although it initially puzzled me, I can see what the coaches are thinking.
By listing Bennett as simply a backup, this allows the coaching staff to utilize his versatility. It makes perfect sense to just start Bellamy and use Bennett to add serious depth to the defensive front. With Bennett coming off the bench, this defensive line has a solid rotation for Bellamy and Hankins because Bennett is fully capable of filling in at both positions.
Rather than limit Bennett to a starting position, the Buckeyes now have a great rotation for three spots on the defensive line.