Ohio State Football: Week 4 Spring Practice Stock Report
Ohio State's spring game is one week away, which means the Buckeyes are about to close up the practice fields until August when full prep for the season starts.
OSU is continuing to find out which players will replace the voids left behind in the starting lineup as well as fine-tuning different things on both sides of the ball.
By now, however, positions are starting to shake themselves out and the cream is starting to rise to the top.
Here is this week's stock report for four different Buckeyes as the spring slowly winds down.
Stock Up: RB Bri'onte Dunn
Bri'onte Dunn saw some playing time last season as a true freshman, but his stock is going up for a reason that only has a little to do with his spring performance.
OSU has been working on installing the "Diamond" formation run by Michigan and, most famously, the San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick a year ago.
Using the new formation will allow the Buckeyes to put three running backs out on the field along with Braxton Miller, providing a multitude of options for the ball to go.
Dunn could see a lot more playing time if the Buckeyes run this formation more than a handful of times a game because of the rotation of backs that can be used.
Stock Down: DT Chris Carter
Chris Carter has already dealt with some controversy in his Buckeye career after being arrested before stepping foot on campus as a true freshman in 2011.
If he can keep his weight under control, he could find his way on the field in goal-line situations on defense.
Stock Up: WR Devin Smith
Devin Smith was Ohio State's big-play receiver all throughout the 2012 season, but had to work on being consistent with two catchless games last year.
So far, the progress has been great, according to receivers coach Zach Smith.
Both feel that Devin has a chance to be as good as anyone, but he has to continue to push to improve. His growth, so far, has been tremendous and he looks on pace to reach his coaches' expectations.
Stock Up: DB Armani Reeves
Armani Reeves saw some playing time last season on special teams, but could find his way into the nickelback role coming into his sophomore season.
DBs coach Kerry Coombs heaped a good amount of praise on the sophomore corner and his experience of being on the team for a full year has him ahead of freshmen Cam Burrows and Eli Apple at the moment.
Reeves also added to his case with a great interception and return off of a Braxton Miller pass. If he can make those kinds of plays in practice on a regular basis, he will see the field very soon.
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