Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Tight End

Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Tight End

Spring 2018

Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Tight End


Spring practice has started in Columbus, and we are continuing our preview look at each position group at Ohio State. Next up we look at the tight end position.


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Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Tight End

He’s a blocker, no wait — he’s a pass catcher. The tight end position can be a difference maker when looking to slip them out from blocking to create mismatches across the middle or down the field. They can often get matched up on a linebacker, or deceptively working into holes in a zone.

Perhaps no other position group though has been more underutilized at Ohio State than the tight end. As the offense evolves with a new quarterback, it could become a very key position on the field however.

Here’s how things look with this year’s crop of tight ends.

Key Losses

Marcus Baugh

You may remember Baugh catching the game winner against Penn State to complete the thrilling comeback against those Plane-Jane-uniform-wearing Nittany Lions. In his career Baugh started 29 games, and caught a pass in every game last year. He was a steady tight end that knew his place and made plays when called upon. The depth and talent level behind him is a bit of an unknown, so someone with potential will need to step up this year. However, there does appear to be help on the way …

Returning Talent

Rashod Berry

Berry appears to be the logical next man up. He was the backup to Baugh and saw game action with six completions for 100 yards last year. He spent some time on the defensive line before being moved back over to offense last year because of some needed skill and depth at the position. Unless he’s pushed hard with others making a huge jump in development, or ahem — a new guy gets right in the mix — Berry is your likely starter to begin 2018.

Luke Farrell

Farrell was listed as the “co-back-up” on the depth chart along with Berry, but didn’t receive as much action. He had just two catches for 19 yards, more or less in mop up duty. He was only a freshman last year, so there’s plenty of time to get in the mix and see if he can close the gap on Berry, while holding off any newcomers to the position.

Jake Hausmann

Hausmann was one of the top five tight ends in the 2016 class, but was redshirted as a freshman. He was active for 2017 but was unable to break into the top three and get any game experience. He’s a bit of a dark horse if the light goes on, but he’ll have to really impress to move up the depth chart and not let the shiny new toy (Ruckert) pass him up.

The Incoming Class

Jeremy Ruckert

Speaking of Ruckert, here’s where it gets interesting. The freshman out of Lindenhurst, NY isn’t on campus yet, but when he does get there, he’s talented enough to push the others for playing time. Depending on what recruiting service you look at, Ruckert was either the No. 1 or 2 rated tight end in the country (37th overall prospect according to 247Sports) coming out of high school and he was really someone Urban Meyer wanted.

How quickly he acclimates himself, and how productive he can be in a short amount of time will dictate how much of a splash he can make. He could be special, even as a freshman.

Predicting The Pecking Order

    1. Rashod Berry
    2. Jeremy Ruckert*
    3. Luke Farrell
    4. Jake Hausmann

* Freshman

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