Ohio State released game notes and the week one depth chart for Saturday's game against Akron. You can click on the link below to check it all out, but here are the main things to take away:
-There has been no starting quarterback named, as the position has "Joe Bauserman OR Braxton Miller" inserted into the number one slot. I'm sure we'll see both players in action and Luke Fickell will shed some light on this at his presser tomorrow.
-Jordan Hall is the number one tailback in place of Boom Herron with "Carlos Hyde OR Rod Smith" as the number two. Jaamal Berry has been hampered by a hamstring injury, but it's interesting that he is not listed within the top three backs.
-Verlon Reed and Philly Brown are your starting receivers, backed up by Chris Fields and true frosh Evan Spencer. Note, TY Williams is not in the two-deep.
-As expected, your starting offensive line, left to right is: Norwell, Mewhort, Brewster, Hall, and Shugarts. Let's hope for no injuries as the second team includes two walk-ons in Eric Kramer at LT and Ivon Blackman at LG and three true freshmen in Chris Carter at LG, Brian Bobek at C, and Antonio Underwood at RT. This basically confirms Corey Linsley is suspended to start the season.
-Storm Klein is your starting MIKE, while Etienne Sabino gets the nod at SAM. It does appear that Klein will be the one coming off the field when Tyler Moeller is featured at STAR though. Ryan Shazier (WILL), Tony Jackson (MIKE), and Chris Maxwell (SAM) are your back-ups, and it appears Curtis Grant has some more work to do in order to break into the second unit.
-Bradley Roby has won the battle to start opposite Travis Howard at corner. Backing them up are Dom Clarke and true frosh Doran Grant, meaning Dionte Allen is the fifth corner.
-Orhian Johnson starts at safety opposite CJ Barnett, meaning Christian Bryant will be the first safety off the bench, as well as the first STAR off the bench.
-George Makridis starts the season as your long-snapper, but don't count out freshman Bryce Haynes who will continual to battle for a starting gig.
-Finally, your punt returner is Jordan "Do It All" Hall and your kick returner is "Jordan Hall OR Chris Fields" with true freshmen "Devin Smith OR Evan Spencer" backing them up. Jaamal Berry must either be hurt worse than we thought or in the dog house.
That's it for now. What say you?