Ohio State Football: 3 Weakest Positions to Worry About

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IApril 22, 2013

Ohio State Football: 3 Weakest Positions to Worry About

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    Ohio State is one of the better football teams in the country, but by no means is it a perfect football team.

    While the Buckeyes are expected to be a national championship contender in 2013, there are a few positions that do have some questions to be answered.

    Some of them are concerns because of young players stepping up to fill certain spots. Others are concerns because of questions about the players playing those positions.

    Here are three of the biggest weaknesses on the Ohio State roster at this moment.

Right Tackle

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    Ohio State's offensive line returns four starters from a year ago, meaning it has to find a new right tackle after graduating Reid Fragel.

    The top candidates to land the job appear to be sophomore Taylor Decker and junior Chase Farris.

    Right now, the right tackle spot appears to be a huge concern after the spring game earlier this month as Braxton Miller was touch-sacked nine times with Decker and Farris playing together on one of the teams.

    The competition will rage into fall camps, but one of these two needs to emerge as a stud tackle to keep Miller upright.

Linebacker

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    Ryan Shazier may be one of the most talented linebackers in the country, but he remains the only proven commodity among Ohio State's linebackers.

    Other than Curtis Grant, who started the first three games at middle linebacker this year and fell out of the rotation almost entirely by midseason, there's not much to go off of as far as on-field production.

    The Buckeyes do have plenty of young linebackers like Josh Perry, David Perkins and Camren Williams who got plenty of playing time last year, particularly on special teams. But they need someone to step up and make plays along with Shazier.

    Grant will get a second chance to start, but his problems of a year ago combined with the inexperience of the group as a whole are very worrying at this time.

Safety

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    Ohio State's safety position is a major concern not because of new starters, but because the starters that are returning had problems staying consistent.

    C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant each had their moments in 2012 but were never truly in sync with each other consistently, and it led to several coverage breakdowns, particularly early in the season.

    The other problem at the safety position is depth, or lack thereof, with players like Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown and Jamie Wood who have done very little in their Buckeye careers backing up Barnett and Bryant.

    Help looks to be on the way in the form of freshmen Vonn Bell and Jayme Thompson. But it's up to Barnett and Bryant as seniors to find a way to be a consistent duo in the back of the defense.

     

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