Post-Spring Depth Chart Released

By Jason Priestas on May 16, 2012 at 3:09p

Urban Meyer and staff released the team's post-spring two-deep today and aside from Doran Grant moving into position as a co-starter with Travis Howard at one of the cornerback spots, not much else is surprising.

Ohio State lists three starting wide receivers: Evan Spencer, Corey Brown (slot) and Devin Smith. Michael Thomas, the breakout star of the spring game with 12 receptions, is listed as the backup to Smith.

Other true freshmen on the 2nd team include Jacoby Boren at center, Taylor Decker at right tackle and Luke Roberts and Josh Perry, both at linebacker.

Jordan Hall tops the running back slot, with Carlos Hyde as his backup.

The offensive line as it stands right now: Jack Mewhort (LT), Andrew Norwell (LG), Corey Linsley (C), Marcus Hall (RG) and Reid Fragel (RT). Backing those five up will be former defender Daryl Baldwin and Tommy Brown at left tackle and left guard, respectively, Boren at center, Antonio Underwood at right guard and Decker at right tackle.

Defense, where things turn fearsome, features a front of John Simon (LE), Johnathan Hankins (NT), Garrett Goebel (NT) and the combo of Adam Bellamy and Nathan Williams at the other defensive end.

Your first team linebackers: Curtis Grant in the middle, flanked by Ryan Shazier and Etienne Sabino. This group gets my heart rate up. Can't wait to see them on the field together.

While fall camp is still a couple of months away, Meyer's depth charts typically carry a bit more meaning than the two-deeps put out by Tressel in year's past. While a depth chart under the old regime was often a guideline and sometimes didn't change from week-to-week regardless of what actually transpired on the field with new starters emerging, Meyer has made it known that these are the guys that will have to be beaten to earn a crack at playing time.



ToothBuck's picture

via brandon castle on twitter -Asked if there's a guy not on the 2-deep who could make an impact, Meyer responded, "No, I would have put him on there"

Doesn't bode well for rod smith and brionte then huh?

I personally think that the post spring depth chart is for motivational purposes only. Can't wait to get the other freshman on campus this fall...

hodge's picture

Don't know if the depth chart is solely for motivational purposes, but that quote sure as Hell was...
God, I love our coach.

willshire58's picture

I thought that tweet was in the context of only talking about the wide receivers. 

ToothBuck's picture

good call willshire58, that seems more likely to me now as well..

Triv's picture

We will rotate 3-4 backs as well as probably 8-10 D-lineman IMO 

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

ATXbucknut's picture

Actually, Curtis Grant over Storm Klein at MLB surprises me. Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily disagreeing with it (I think Grant has the ability to absolutely crush it this year), but I don't think J Tress would have had it that way. 
In any event, Go Bucks!

tennbuckeye19's picture

It was only a matter of time till Klein was passed up. Tress might've gone with the upper-classman, but to me the only thing Klein has on Grant is experience.

SilverBullet's picture

Love Tressel, always will but that was my main issue with him. You gottaplay the best no matter thier age or class status. Keep it up Urban!

OfficerRabbit's picture

I'm hoping some of the studs we brought in this year on the D-Line get some playing time, if only to help prepare them for a (hopefully) successful campaign in 13'. Keeeeep em' rotating in Coach Meyer.



RedStorm45's picture

Am I reading that right? Simon at LEO? Doubt that happens.  A little weird/sad not to see T.Y. Williams on there after all the rave reviews he was getting.

Maestro's picture

He will probably be a situational play.  Goal line packages I would suspect.

vacuuming sucks

willshire58's picture

No TY and Verlon Reed gets on the two-deep without having played this spring because he's still recovering from his knee injury. Doesn't bode well for TY.

jkrk's picture

My friend Walrus Jim "James" wanted me to ask about this: "Maybe one of you smart guys who knows about the foosball can tell me why there are 10 different people listed for the offensive line."

SilverBullet's picture

Cuz its a 2 deep...2 OL for 5 positions= 10 guys.

Gobucks22250's picture

Yeah u read it right Simon is at the Leo. It shouldnt be a shock he played leo most of last season and has been playing it all spring. Things could change if Williams gets healthy and when Spence gets to camp but if not im good with him at the Leo. He projects to the NFL as an 3-4 rush LB which is pretty much what Leo is so i dont see the big deal

Nappy's picture

I'm about as giddy as Brady Hoke at Golden Corral.  Cant wait for the season.  I think this D has a chance to be excellent.  Given the offenses we'll be facing we may not give up 21 points all year.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

doodah_man's picture

"...about as giddy as Brady Hoke at Golden Corral." +1000

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

buckeyeEddie27's picture

D is going to be so Nasty.     Hollow-Point Silver Bullets.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

GABuckeye's picture

Who is Stewart Smith?!

TheBadOwl's picture

Walk-on, I think. He was impressive at the open practice and got a lot of playing time in the spring game.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

klfeck's picture

Damnit I was counting on Rod Smith to make this damned #2 jersey legit.......



Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

Jason Priestas's picture

Remember, it's a DOSS jersey. You're good.

Joe Beale's picture

Or maybe it's a vintage Cris Carter jersey?

OfficerRabbit's picture

I bought the jersey of my favorite lockdown corner.. Malcolm Jenkins. It was just a bonus when TP wore it.. until last year. I'm just going to wait it out until my new favorite player emerges.



AJBor41's picture

Christian Bryant will be wearing it, right?

GABuckeye's picture

I'm loving my #10 (Troy Smith of course).  Mr. Shazier will do it proud!

Joe Beale's picture

What happened to Brian Bobek? 

Jason Priestas's picture

Thought to be transferring soon.

CowCat's picture

 I thought there were only midfielders in foosball.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

thatlillefty's picture

Glad to see Devin Smith listed at #1... was worried his participation in track might hurt his stock on the depth chart. Kid is a true talent!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Chris Freakin Carter.

Buckeyejason's picture

Everything that I expected pretty much. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if Howard Island (Lolz) gets beat quite much like last season and gets replaced by Doran Grant. Chris Carter at Nose tackle will be interesting to see these next few years, could develop into a monster. Wasn't Crowell a MlB all spring with Grant and Kelin out? 
Im going to say right now that our recieving core could be one of the best in the country in 2013.


TheBadOwl's picture

We're going to have downright insane depth at receiver in 2013. Devin Smith, Mike Thomas, Philly Brown, Chris Fields, Evan Spencer (who could be very good), then guys like Frank Epitropolous and Riquan Southward, and incoming guys like Marshall, Gibson, and possibly Foster/Quick/Stringfellow. There are so many possibilities for the 2013 depth chart with all of these young guys.
Chris Carter will be VERY good in goal-line and short-yardage situations. I'm excited for that.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

buckeyechad's picture

Can't wait to see some goal line stands with hankins, carter, goebel, and simon all on the line together

Hayze's picture

Assumming teams even get to the goal line :)

TheBadOwl's picture

And Bennett!!! And Bellamy! It's going to be SO hard for opposing offenses in short-yardage situations this year.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

AJBor41's picture

And Tommy Schutt...eventually?

Buckeyejason's picture

I also wouldn't be suprised to see Fragel replaced by Decker eventually. I have a feeling Reid will have a tough time at Tackle.


Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

How is Michael Thomas not a starter after his Spring Game performance. Yes, I realize I'm exaggerating. 

Adamant73's picture

Surprised NOT to see M. Thomas as a starter in the 3 receiver look. Adam Griffin on the 2 deep was a surprise and great to see 2 freshman OL as back-ups. Do we really need a FB? This better be the year Curtis Grant shows us he's a stud.

otrain2416's picture

Idk why Bennett isn't starting over Bellamy at SDE I thought he wad working out there during spring and he's a better d lineman IMO

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Adamant73's picture

Sorry I forgot to mention Bennett not a starter on DL. I had him penciled in as a starter somewhere on that line, but I think all the back-ups on DL will see plenty of action.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Be prepared to see some nastiness from C.J. Barnett. The guy was a stud against Miami FL in 2010. He's a physical safety with speed and good hands. We'll see lots of a picks by him and some nice blitzing and hits.

Buckeyejason's picture

No offense, but he wasn't that great last year. I know it was his 1st true year as a full time starter and he was coming off injury..everyone wants to point out that he made a few plays against Miami. I hope to see a full season of that to call CJ great. I know he has the ability to do it. Bryant needs to really step it up and hold onto picks..we could be looking at the best safety tandem in the big 10 in 2013.


tosubuckeye's picture

I hope the wide-outs - qb connections are a much smoother operation this year. With another year of training -both strength and repetition they could prove to be a well-oiled machine. I sure hope so. Devin, I think is grossly underrated. Look for him to have a monster year. Thomas is another wide-out who should stand out. GO BUCKS!!!



Buckeyejason's picture

We saw what Devin could do last season, he has all the skills to be a top wideout..size, speed, hands, jumping ability, etc. He HAS to get more looks and be THE guy at the wide receiver position the next couple of years, if he isn't I have to wonder what the hell is going on behind the scenes.


AJBor41's picture

He will get more looks...that almost has to be a given...right?
Also, I think he's the obvious choice to be "the guy" at WR, but as long as we're getting the ball downfield early and often, I don't care who's catching the passes.

petebuc52's picture

If Howard doesnt tighten up Grant will pass him up...Howard got the press but Roby had the better season...Nothing like competion for snaps

BigBuck623's picture

I like the fact that Archie's kid [who has a scholarship purely because "we had one available"] is listed on the 2-deep at CB.  He'll clearly only see the field when one of the other 3 gets injured, but I'm always a fan of the underdog.