Ohio State Spring Football Preview Kickoff

Ohio State Spring Football Preview Kickoff

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Ohio State Spring Football Preview Kickoff


Spring has almost sprung in the Midwest and that means the beginning of spring football in Columbus and many places. Here at Buckeye Wire, we are kicking off our Spring Football Preview. 


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Ohio State Spring Football Preview Kickoff

Snow is giving way to sleet, which will soon give way to rain and schizophrenic weather conditions in the Midwest. That means it must be time for spring football in the heartland.

Ohio State begins its spring practices March 6, and we are here to begin our spring preview to set the table for replacing and retooling the 2017 Ohio State squad.

So stay with us each day as we go through each position group.

Key Position Battles

Quarterback

This will of course be the main competition everyone inside and outside the program will be looking at. J.T. Barrett is gone, and this is really the first time a quarterback battle with so many unproven options will be a part Urban Meyer’s collective reasoning.

It really boils down to three guys. The pecking order appears to be Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, then Tate Martell, but that’s only because Haskins has more game experience because of an injury to Burrow, and the redshirt status of Martell of last year.

I truly believe this is a real, three-man competition with any one of the three having a chance to separate. We’ll have more on that as we go along.

Defensive end

This seems to always be a deep pool for Ohio State, and there’s a good anchor to build around with Nick Bosa, but the loss of Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis does leave the numbers a little more thin than normal.

At least in the experience department.

But that’s okay, because you can expect returning guys like Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper to provide the next man up mentality, and there are expectations there as well that incoming freshman Tyreke Smith will get snaps and fill a talent void.

OSU will be more than fine here, but we’ll dive into that a bit more in the coming days.

Linebacker

The Buckeyes must replace two out of the three starters with the departures of Chris Worley and Jerome Baker, but there’s a little experience there because of injury. Malik Harrison stepped in and got plenty of game action, and Tuf Borland started to get the majority of the snaps in the middle at the end of last year.

You can figure on those two being in a rotation that will probably go fairly deep, but also in the mix will be Dante Booker, Baron Browning and Justin Hilliard.

Who gets the start and bulk of the playing time is still wide open.

Strong Returning Positions

Wide Receivers

For the first time in the Urban Meyer era, this position unit could be the strongest on the entire team. That’s because all six in the projected two-deep return. You can expect the H-back position to be manned by Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill, with Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin manning splitting wide on one side, and Autsin Mack and Binjimen Victor on the other.

What remains to be seen is what the rotation and mix will be, and what youth could climb into the depth chart, but you can expect the receivers to come in waves in 2018.

Having a seasoned receiving corps should help bring along a new quarterback under center.

running backs

The skill positions should be set this year with the wide receivers and running backs all coming back with tons of experience. There was some thoughts that Mike Weber would head off to the NFL with the emergence of freshman J.K. Dobbins last year, be he decided to stay.

That means the new gunslinger will have two all Big-Ten type performers standing behind him to hand the ball off to.

There is a good stable of youngsters behind those two as well if something were to happen, but we’ll also visit that in the next few days. Either way, it should be the best backfield in the Big Ten, if not country.

Two Key Dates

  • Tuesday March, 6 – Spring Practice Begins
  • Saturday April 14 – Annual Spring Game (Time TBD)

Come back often as we go through and get ready for the weather to break, and ultimately, for football to make appearance again in Columbus.

 

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