Three fresh faces for Ohio State in 2009

June, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Keep an eye on these three Buckeyes newcomers entering the season.

OFFENSE -- Duron Carter, WR, Fr.

Ohio State loses its top two wide receivers, and though several dynamic players are waiting to step in, Carter should get a chance to contribute right away. The son of former Buckeyes star wideout Cris Carter was ranked as the nation's 18th best wideout by ESPN's Scouts Inc. and will give Terrelle Pryor a big target at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He might lack top-end speed but makes up for it with other skills.

DEFENSE -- Orhian Johnson, S, Fr.

The starting safeties are set with Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell, but Johnson made an impression this spring and should be a factor in Ohio State's nickel and dime packages. The former high school quarterback redshirted last year but logged plenty of time in spring ball as Russell missed time with an injury. He'll be an excellent insurance policy and a top candidate to start in 2010.

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Dorian Bell, LB, Fr.

Much like Etienne Sabino last year, Bell will have a hard time cracking the lineup as a true freshman, but should contribute a lot on special teams. His tackling ability won't go to waste this fall, and he could be a factor on coverage teams. Ranked as the nation's No. 4 linebacker by ESPN's Scouts Inc., Bell has excellent range and closing speed. Ohio State's punt and kickoff return units are set entering the fall, so freshmen will need to contribute in other areas of special teams.

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