CJ Barnett was an Under Armour All-American in 2008
Without question, sophomore C.J. Barnett is the least experienced of the new starters for Ohio State. He has never started and had only four tackles appearing in eight games, most of which on special teams, last season.
Four tackles—that's it. A starter for this year's perennially powerful Buckeyes defense has only four tackles in his career.
When the depth chart was released, Barnett's spot as the starting strong safety was a bit of a surprise. It was widely expected that sophomore Ohrian Johnson would get the nod ahead of Barnett.
Johnson, who appeared in 11 games with 10 tackles last year, was the starter coming out of spring.
The highly talented Barnett must have done something that caught the eyes of the coaching staff from then to now, he was even given Kurt Coleman's No. 4.
There is not much to look at in terms of previous Ohio State experience with Barnett, but by being named a starter as an inexperienced sophomore it appears Barnett is too skilled and talented to sit any longer.
Out of the six new starters, Barnett may be the most intriguing one to watch.