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