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Virginia Football adds depth to defensive line with transfer from Ohio State

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Dylan Thompson brings size to the defense as a grad transfer.

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Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall and the Virginia Cavaliers got some much needed help at defensive line thanks to Dylan Thompson transferring to the Hoos.

Thompson played just two games at Ohio State, both in 2017, and recorded three tackles (0.5 for a loss). He dealt with injuries that limited his playing time with the Buckeyes, but Virginia desperately needs the help at D-line and Thompson’s 6-5, 275 frame helps immensely.

He will wrap up his undergraduate degree in sport industry this summer and will be eligible immediately in the fall for the Hoos.

The Cavaliers have three DL players listed on the roster for the upcoming season in redshirt first years Isaac Buell and Tommy Christ and second year John Kirven. With the graduation of Andrew Brown, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, the departures of Steven Wright and Juwan Moye, and injury forcing James Trucilla to give up the sport, the Hoos are thin between the DL and defensive end position.

Virginia will also welcome incoming first years Samson Reed, Jordan Redmond, and Aaron Faumui to help build out the line.

The addition of Thompson is a strong move by Coach Mendenhall and the coaching staff in a position that badly needed the support. Plus, just look at the size of this absolute unit: