Ohio State Football: Spring Projected Two-Deep

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Ohio State Football: Spring Projected Two-Deep


We’re back in the throws of spring practice for Ohio State after a week off, and we know a little bit more of where things stand with trying to determine the two-deep. Here’s a re-visit of the depth chart in the midst of all the competition and sound bytes.


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Ohio State Football: Spring Projected Two-Deep

Okay, okay, we’ve already done this exercise, but that was before we got a look at some of the spring practice and comments from Urban Meyer at the podium.

Now that we know a wee-bit more, let’s try again to update where the depth chart might stand with the calendar flipped to spring. Just like the weather in Central Ohio, this will change just when you think you’ve figured it all out (snow in spring anyone?)

Quarterback

Nov 18, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks for an open receiver in the fourth quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

1. DWayne Haskins, Jr.
2. Joe Burrow*

There’s a slight change here as we move Joe Burrow to the backup spot based on snaps and direct comments from Urban Meyer. Again, we’ll caution you to not sleep on Tate Martell, but as of right now, this is the pecking order. Haskins is still the guy leading the pack, and Meyer gave some added calories to that gravy in his first presser of the spring. I do think Martell will eventually get a chance to pass Burrow, but we’ll have to wait and see. It is  also highly possible that Burrow transfers out if he doesn’t see progress towards being the starter.

Running Back

1. J.K. Dobbins
2. Mike Weber

It’s a close call here still, but Dobbins appears to still have the slight edge. The reality is that both will likely see about the same amount of carries when the Scarlet and Gray rubber hits the Maize and Blue road, but the sophomore adds just a bit more spice to what OSU is trying to cook up this year.

Slot/H-Back

1. Parris cambpell
2. K.J. Hill

When healthy, Campbell’s no cream of chicken. He showed that he’s the most dangerous playmaker on the outside, and its tough to see any kind of diminished role. Realistically though, all top six of the receivers are going to get ample time in perhaps the deepest wide-receiver group in the country.

Wide Receiver

1. austin mack
2. binjimen victor

1. Terry Mclaurin
2. Johnnie dixon

There’s no change here from last year to now. If there’s one thing I’ve been high on is the emergence of Binjimen Victor. However, there have been some rave reviews from the coaching staff on the abilities of Austin Mack, so look for him to break out as well. There’s only so many snaps available, and anyone of these could make the big play at any given time, in any game, at any position on the field … well you get what I’m saying.

Tight End

1. Rashod Berry
2. Jeremy ruckert

Keep an eye on what the freshman Ruckert does when he arrives on campus in the fall. He’s got the type of talent that could jump right in and seize playing time, but Berry is a beast that has been around the block and run over, around and through guys all while looking like the Incredible Hulk in shoulder pads. He’s the clear choice right now.

Center

1. Brady Taylor
2. Josh Myers*

This is a change here. In a bit of a surprise, Myers has been getting the back-up snaps in the spring, and although Taylor appears to be the guy to get first crack here as a fifth-year guy, this is far from a locked down position. Quarterback is a concern for everyone outside the program, but Urban Meyer has gone on record to claim this as the position that is the most concerning inside the coaches room. We’ll have to keep an eye on how this progresses as we move forward.

Left Guard

1. Michael Jordan
2. Malcom Pridgeon*

We originally like the chances of big Wyatt Davis to push for the backup job here, with Pridgeon being shuffled down the line. But he instead got the first-team snaps with Jordan sidelined with a shoulder injury in the spring. So, the pecking order looks to be the same as last year at this point.

Right Guard

1. Demetrius knox
2. Brandon Bowen*

If Bowen were healthy, he’d probably be the guy here. Alas, he is still recovering from the broken leg suffered last year and is not a part of spring drills. It’s possible that he gets healthy and closes the gap, but at this point, you have to give the edge to Knox who is currently getting the bulk of the snaps on the first team.

Left Tackle

1. ISAIAH PRiNCE*
2. Nicholas Petit-Frere*

We have wholesale changes here. The artist formerly known as the starter at right tackle has been moved to left tackle. We originally had Bown here because of shuffling of personnel and health, but Prince appears to be getting the first shot at locking down the glamour spot of the offensive line (if there’s such a thing). It’s likely his to lose, and we like the freshman Petit-Frere to get to campus and use his French name to make a big impression to take over the backup role instead of Joshua Alabi.

Right Tackle

1. Thayer Munford*
2. Joshua alabi*

This is a complete overhaul too. As mentioned, Prince is now at left tackle, and the coaches have been drooling over the play of Munford. He appears to be the guy that’ll be penciled in at right tackle, and we like experience to win out over youth, with Alabi sliding over to backup Munford. So if you’re keeping track, there was originally an alabi, then no alabi, and now an alabi again. Case closed.

Defensive End

1. Nick Bosa
2. tyreke smith

1. Chase Young
2. Jonathon cooper

No change here at the moment. The move of Jashon Cornell to the outside from the interior is something to watch, but I believe that Tyreke Smith will be too talented to keep out of the top four once he gets on campus in the fall — just like the Bosa boys did.

Defensive Tackle

1. Dre’mont jones
2. Davon hamilton*

1. robert landers
2. haskell garrett

With Cornell moving to defensive end, it opens up a spot for Hamilton as one of the more experienced backups on the line. He appears to be in the top four rotation right now, but we’ll have to see how the top freshmen coming in play into the mix. There are no other changes from our original projections.

Strong Side Linebacker

1. malik harrison
2. Pete Werner*

We originally had Dante Booker as the backup to Malik Harrison, but then there were rumors that he was ready to transfer, only to have those flipped like the boss does a bottle toss.

What was divulged is that Booker is having a hard time dealing with multiple shoulder injuries. Because of that, and because of the continued praise heaped upon Pete Werner by the coaching staff, we’re moving him into the backup spot.

Middle Linebacker

1. Tuf Borland
2. justin hilliard

No change here to speak of at the moment. Borland appears to have solidified his spot as the man in the middle and, as the owner of the best linebacker name in the country — with Hilliard still backing him up as he finally gets healthy.

Weak Side Linebacker

1. keandre jones
2. baron browning

Jones has started the spring with the first team, but keep an eye on the much ballyhooed Browning to push him hard in the spring and all the way through fall. For now, we’ll keep this the same.

Cornerback

1. kendall sheffield
2. shaun wade

1. damon arnette
2. jeffrey okudah

If new cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson utilizes the same four-man rotation that has been used over the last couple of years, these four will be used almost interchangeably. However, with Jeffrey Okudah out with a shoulder injury this spring, his chance to be the listed as the starter is a tall order. This is no change from our original projection.

Safety

1. Jordan Fuller
2. Brendon white

Safety

1. Isaiah Pryor
2. josh proctor

Fuller appears to be locked in as the starter, but Meyer has expressed concern over the other safety spot. Experience usually wins out in these sorts of things, and because of that, we’ll give the nod to Pryor who also impressed in practice leading up to the Cotton Bowl. Watch for the freshman Proctor to jump ahead of other experienced guys once he he arrives on campus in the fall. We’ll keep this as is for now as well.

Punter

1. Drue chrisman
2. jake metzer

This is pretty well set barring injury, so no changes.

Field Goals

1. Sean nuernberger
2. blake haubeil

Likewise here. Nuernberger is as automatic as they come with the extra points and well above average from longer spots on the field.

Kickoffs

1. Blake Haubeil
2. sean nuernberger

Haubeil had the job taken away from him because of his struggles pinching the kickoff team into a corner like OSU likes to employ, but he seemed to figure it out at the tail-end of the year. If he falters again, Nuernberger will be kicking off German style once again.

 

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