Ohio State Football: Post-Spring 2-Deep Depth Chart

Randy ChambersAnalyst IApril 23, 2012

Ohio State Football: Post-Spring 2-Deep Depth Chart

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    The spring has come and went for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and we won't see Urban Meyer's club again until August arrives. The excitement for this team has never been greater, and with each passing day, we get closer to the season kicking off.

    But with the spring being over, it's time to see how the depth would look if there was one. After all, that's what the spring is for as players try to make a case as to why they deserve more playing time.

    Here's the Ohio State Buckeyes post-spring depth chart.

Quarterback

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    Starter: Braxton Miller

    Backup: Kenny Guiton

    Braxton Miller played well last season considering he was thrown into the fire as a freshman and had limited weapons around him. Now that he has a new head coach that will take advantage of his skill set, you can expect an even better year, as Miller will likely develop into one of the better quarterbacks in the country in time.

Running Back

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    Starter: Jordan Hall

    Backup: Carlos Hyde/Rod Smith

    Hall enters his senior season and must contribute if this offense is going to experience more success than they did last year. He has big play ability, but 814 rushing yards in three seasons combined is completely unacceptable.

Fullback

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    Starter: Zach Boren

    Backup: Adam Homan

    Boren isn't much of a runner, but has terrific hands for someone that's 6'1" and over 250 pounds. He's caught 20 passes in the last three seasons combined and caught a 50-yard pass in a recent scrimmage.

Wide Receiver

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    Starter: Corey Brown

    Backup: Evan Spencer

    Head coach Urban Meyer is looking for playmakers, and Brown has that written all over him (if he can cure his case of the drops, of course), He showed some of that big-play ability in the game against Michigan, when he caught a 54-yard touchdown.

Wide Receiver

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    Starter: Devin Smith

    Backup: Verlon Reed/Michael Thomas

    Devin Smith is another big-play receiver who averaged 21 yards a reception his freshman year. He has great size at 6'3", 190 pounds and has had a great spring. Look for him to at least double his production from a year ago.

Tight End

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    Starter: Jake Stoneburner

    Backup: Jeff Heuerman

    Stoneburner only caught 14 passes last season, but seven of those went for touchdowns. With his combination of size and speed, he should be more involved in this offense and should be ready to have an even bigger season.

Left Tackle

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    Starter: Jack Mewhort

    Backup: Taylor Decker

    Mewhort was a guard last season and will now have the task of protecting quarterback Braxton Millers blindside. He's one of the more experience players on the line and will also be taking on a leadership role as he enters his junior season.

    "It's more of a leadership thing for me, stepping up and being a guy the other guys can look to," Mewhort said via toledoblade.com.

Left Guard

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    Starter: Andrew Norwell

    Backup: Antonio Underwood

    Norwell is a huge body at 6'6" near 300 pounds and plays the game with a very aggressive style. He's also very solid in both run and pass protection. The former 5-star recruit could quickly become one of the better linemen in this unit.

Center

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    Starter: Corey Linsley

    Backup: Brian Bobek

    Linsley is a versatile lineman who will have the tall task of replacing Mike Brewster. Linsley came into camp overweight, but has since gotten back into shape and has really impressed Urban Meyer.

    “Corey’s a fine player, and he’d be the first to tell you he wasn’t a fine player a year ago,” Meyer said via toledoblade.com "His complete commitment to Ohio State wasn’t there. It is now.”

Right Guard

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    Starter: Marcus Hall

    Backup: Antonio Underwood

    Hall will return at his starting guard position and remain a solid contributor on this line. He enters his junior season as a leader on this team and should rub off on everyone with his tremendous work ethic.

Right Tackle

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    Starter: Reid Fragel

    Backup: Taylor Decker

    Fragel was a tight end the last two seasons, hauling in a combined 14 passes for 185 yards. Now he's making the transition to right tackle and will have to learn very quickly how to hold his own on the offensive line.

    "A transition like this will take some time. But every day I get more and more confident. ... I was more confident as a blocking tight end than I was running corner routes." Fragel said via CBS Sports.

Defensive End

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    Starter: Nathan Williams

    Backup: JT Moore

    Williams missed nearly all of last year, as he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of the season. The good news is that he plans to be back on the field by June and should be ready once the season starts. In 2010, Williams finished with 45 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Defensive Tackle

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    Starter: Johnathan Hankins

    Backup: Chase Farris

    In his first season as a starter last year, Hankins racked up 66 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks. He's quickly become a force on the defensive line and will continue this production at the starting defensive tackle position.

Defensive Tackle

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    Starter: Garrett Goebel

    Backup: Michael Bennett

    The senior defensive tackle should continue to hold down his starting position down. Last season was his first as a starter, and he did have a fantastic spring as well. Look for him to continue to grow as a player as he enters his senior season.

Defensive End

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    Starter: John Simon

    Backup: Steve Miller

    There's no question who the true pass-rusher on this team is. Simon is the only player who finished with more than three sacks, as he led the team with seven. He also had 16 tackles for loss. I think it's safe to say his starting role on the defensive line is safe.

Linebacker

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    Starter: Etienne Sabino

    Backup: Joshua Perry

    Sabino was one of the captains for the Gray Team during the spring game and finished with six tackles. The athletic linebacker will keep his starting position and build on a season where he had 62 tackles.

Linebacker

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    Starter: Curtis Grant

    Backup: Storm Klein

    Grant didn't play much due to inexperience, but the former 5-star recruit has a ton of athleticism and talent. He's had a great spring and could possibly take Storm Klein's starting position away from him. Expect this battle to continue throughout the fall before a decision is made.

    Grant is considered by Bleacher Report to be a top 150 player entering the 2012 season.

Linebacker

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    Starter: Ryan Shazier

    Backup: Luke Roberts

    Shazier wasn't a starter last season, but ended up finishing the year with 56 tackles and three sacks. He's extremely athletic and has a ton of speed to pressure the quarterback. Many believe that this is the season he'll emerge as a star and a difference-maker on this defense.

Cornerback

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    Starter: Bradley Roby

    Backup: Adam Griffin

    Roby is a young corner who has the potential to become something special as he enters his sophomore season. He is capable of playing both sides of the ball due to his great ball skills, which is why he had three interceptions last season. The speedy cornerback is a flat-out playmaker.

Cornerback

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    Starter: Travis Howard

    Backup: Doran Grant

    Howard is the most experienced player in the defensive backfield and provides much-needed leadership to this group of guys. Despite missing a couple games last season, he still finished the year with 41 tackles, five passes broken up and two interceptions.

Strong Safety

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    Starter: C.J. Barnett

    Backup: Corey Brown

    Barnett was the leading tackler last season and was a 2011 All-Conference player as well. Despite not playing much in the spring due to a leg injury, he'll be on that field when September rolls around.

Free Safety

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    Starter: Orhian Johnson

    Backup: Christian Bryant

    This position will remain a battle throughout the spring, as both upperclassmen have what it takes to be the starter. Bryant was the starter last season, but Johnson has played well enough in practice to make this a solid competition. Regardless of who is named the starter, expect to see both on the field quite a bit like you did last year.