Ohio State Football: Pre-Summer Forecasting the 2013 Freshmen's Roles

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Ohio State Football: Pre-Summer Forecasting the 2013 Freshmen's Roles
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Urban Meyer and the coaching staff have a talented bunch of recruits to add to their Buckeyes.

Urban Meyer caused a stir when he said he wouldn't redshirt players. That comment was taken too literally by some.

Meyer did redshirt players in 2012; he just doesn't recruit players with the intent of redshirting them. He wants players who will be at Ohio State for three or four years and then head to the NFL. But if they aren't going to play a role, he won't burn a year of eligibility.

That's why, despite having one of the most talented classes in the country, Meyer will redshirt some of his players.

Others will earn playing time on the special teams or as backups used when a game's outcome is no longer in doubt.

But there will also be some of the 2013 freshmen called upon to step into important roles. 

If the Buckeyes are going to be able to build on the success of Meyer's first season at the helm, they need to fill in two big holes. Overall depth and a lack of playmakers gave Ohio State some problems last season. 

That said, there is a handful of incoming players who can provide both depth and play-making ability, and here are my predictions for their playing time.

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