Jake StoneburnerAs Johnny previously pointed out:
Look at the spring depth chart. Now that Carter and Small are gone, the people behind Posey and Sanzenbacher are Mr. April and about 50 other guys with next to zero playing time. Stoneburner has been in the program for two years now, knows the offense, and the assumed starter at TE this year meaning he will often be on the field regardless of what he’s being assigned to do. With no consistent receivers behind Posey and Sanzo (and possibly the RB’s), someone will have to step up to become an established threat in the passing game. And hey, how about this TE over here why not?While I think 30 catches for a tight end is a tad bullish, it's hard not to get excited about the possibilities. I know, every year we talk about throwing more to the tight end, and it never happens, but with all the attrition at wide receiver, it's more likely to happen this year than any previous year in recent memory. But there are other potential stars in this offense.
Jordan HallThis is the one I'm keeping my eye on. Even in a packed situation at running back, I think Terrelle Pryor's high school backfield mate will separate himself from the crowd early this year. Though Jim Tressel is talking about taking things aerial, I think the interior of this offensive line is going to crush fools, and it'll allow even a 3rd option like Jordan Hall to rush for 500+ yards and 5 or more touchdowns. Chances are good he'll be filling in for either Saine or Herron when one comes up gimpy, and I don't think there's going to be much of a drop-off.
Marcus HallHow about a breakout year in a position group where we sorely need breakout years? Marcus Hall was solid in his first year as a Buckeye, acquitting himself well enough as a true freshman when thrust into action against Penn State and Iowa, two of the league's best defensive lines. I'm bullish on him, Chris is bullish on him, and Tress himself has indicated that Hall will see some serious PT this year.
Taurian Washington (lol)
I'm kidding. Let's move on.