Ohio State Releases Buffalo Depth Chart

By Kyle Rowland on August 27, 2013 at 2:18p

After a slight, one-day delay, the first depth chart of the 2013 season is out and it's largely as we expected it to look. Oh, and 12 different true freshmen make appearances, led by burner Dontre Wilson.


Pos No Player HT/WT YR No Player HT/WT YR
LT 74 Jack Mewhort 6-6/308 SR 76 Darryl Baldwin 6-6/310 JR
LG 78 Andrew Norwell 6-6/316 SR 57 Chase Farris 6-4/308 SO
C 71 Corey Linsley 6-3/297 SR 50 Jacoby Boren 6-2/290 SO
RG 79 Marcus Hall 6-5/315 SR 65 Pat Elflein 6-3/295 FR
RT 68 Taylor Decker 6-7/315 SO   Kyle Dodson OR Tommy Brown    
TE 86 Jeff Heurman 6-6/252 JR 81 Nick Vannett 6-6/255 SO
WR-X   Corey Brown OR Devin Smith     83 Michael Thomas 6-3/202 SO
QB 5 Braxton Miller 6-2/215 JR 13 Kenny Guiton 6-3/208 SR
RB 7 Jordan Hall 5-9/191 SR   Br'onte Dunn OR Warren Ball    
H-B 80 Chris Fields 6-1/200 SR 1 Dontre Wilson 5-10/180 FR
WR-Z 6 Evan Spencer 6-2/206 JR 82 James Clark 5-9/185 FR


Pos No Player HT/WT YR No Player HT/WT YR
DE 92 Adolphus Washington 6-4/295 SO 97 Joey Bosa 6-6/275 FR
NG 51 Joel Hale 6-4/310 JR   Tommy Schutt OR Chris Carter    
DT 63 Michael Bennett 6-3/295 JR 90 Tommy Schutt OR Michael Hill    
VIPER 8 Noah Spence 6-3/252 SO   Jamal Marcus OR Steve Miller    
LB 10 Ryan Shazier 6-2/230 JR 36 Trey Johnson 6-1/220 FR
MLB 14 Curtis Grant 6-3/243 JR   Joe Burger OR Mike Mitchell    
SLB 37 Joshua Perry 6-4/246 SO 55 Camren Williams 6-1/231 SO
CB 26 Armani Reeves 5-10/198 SO   Gareon Conley OR Cam Burrows    
FS 2 Christian Bryant 5-10/193 SR 20 Ron Tanner 6-0/200 SO
SS 4 C.J. Barnett 6-1/204 SR 3 Corey Brown 6-1/203 SR
CB 12 Doran Grant 5-11/191 JR 13 Eli Apple 6-1/194 FR
N 23 Tyvis Powell 6-3/207 FR 7 Vonn Bell 5-11/190 FR


Pos No Player HT/WT YR No Player HT/WT YR
K 24 Drew Basil 62-212 SR 39 Kyle Clinton 6-1/220 JR
P 95 Cameron Johnston 5-11/190 FR 24 Drew Basil 6-2/212 SR
LS   George Makridis OR Bryce Haynes            
H 13 Kenny Guiton 6-3/208 SR        
PR 10 Corey Brown 6-0/190 SR 7 Jordan Hall 5-9/191 SR
KR 7 Jordan Hall 5-9/191 SR 1 Dontre Wilson 5-10/180 FR

The surprises are few on the depth chart. The biggest change is Urban Meyer's faith in the backups, especially along the offensive line. 

When camp started, Ohio State didn't even have a right tackle. It took a week before Taylor Decker earned the nod after a lackluster battle in the spring with Chase Farris. Now, Farris and others have solidified the line to the point Meyer said he's be comfortable if any of them have to step into the starting lineup. 

“Offensive line, I feel very good about,” Meyer said. “We’re much deeper.”

Farris, Pat Elflein, Jacoby Boren, Kyle Dodson and Darryl Baldwin bolstered the second unit.

“Pat Elflein is a great story. What a worker, what a tremendous kid, tremendous family,” Meyer said. “Just tough. I love that group. He's a guy that has really come on. Kyle Dodson has come on. A guy named Darryl Baldwin has come on. Those are all players that a year ago, to think you would ever let them on the field in a situation where it counts, that's not going to happen.

“Darryl Baldwin, he's one of the most improved players on the team. I don't know if I've even mentioned him. What great kid, no maintenance, no nothing, other than just hard working guy that gets great grades and is a wonderful player. Great, great representative of Ohio State.”

Some might scoff at a national title contender having eight freshmen listed on the two-deep. But times have changed. First-year players are needed on even the deepest of teams. Not to mention, Meyer has made possessing freshmen impact players his hallmark. 

“Our theory is you don't redshirt, you play,” Meyer said. “We’re not saving them. When we recruit, we tell you you’re going to play. If you don’t play, it’s because you’re not good enough.”


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cplunk's picture

Missing the Nickel spot on defense. Not sure if you're trying to keep it to eleven spots, but Urban listed it.

jdagrava.1's picture

Is it normal to be THIS excited about a depth chart release?

Please get here soon, Saturday!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Mark my words Chase Farris will be a FREAKIN MONSTER next year! 

holtzy's picture

I thought Dontre Wilson was the 1st Team KR?  This shows Jordan Hall...

Kyle Rowland's picture

They'll have two guys back. My guess is Hall is 5-10 yards ahead of Wilson. 

holtzy's picture

Duh...my excitement got the best of me.  Thanks!

45OH4IO's picture

Yeah, I had a split second freeze there too. I am surprised by the punt returner two deep. Offensive Corey Brown had trouble breaking tackles last year and he's the starter? Maybe they just want good hands back there.

RedStorm45's picture

I mean, he took two punts to the house...

Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Didn't he also lead the B1G in punt return avg?

Goalscorer9's picture

haha yeah, he had two huge punt return TD's against Wisconsin and Nebraska, two of the biggest games of the year.

InHartWeTrust's picture

I hope Philly can finally turn some of his PR elusiveness into elusiveness after the catch.  Could have a monster year if he does, Brax loves going to him.  Love that Philly will get to play his more natural position this year.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Good to see a few freshman make the two deep.

rkylet83's picture

I'm counting even more now.  This class is gonna be sweet!

thorvath22's picture

Interesting that Chris Fields in the Hybrid position instead of Philly Brown.

gwright78's picture

Urban promised Fields a start back in the spring. Perhaps Wilson is really the man there, but Fields gets the first snap? A reason I say that is that Wilson isn't listed anywhere else other than as Fields' backup. Gotta believe he'll be on the field a lot.

osu07asu10's picture

I would assume that is because I wouldn't expect Dontre to be playing second fiddle to Fields long. They want to keep Philly on the field and he had 60 opportunities to be a gamebreaker from the H last year and didn't have that elusiveness.
Although Philly is quicker this year, Dontre is better for the H and Philly is better than Fields.

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3GB's picture

Phil Brown was never really going to be the H this year.  He played it last year due to Hall's injury, but this Spring and Fall camp he solidified himself as the #1 overall receiver.  He might get some touches in an H role this year, but he probably won't be needed there.

Sauce Bauss's picture

Interesting you say that. If Philly is solidified at the #1 receiver spot why is it that on the depth chart it has Corey Brown OR Devin Smith in the WR-X spot?

InHartWeTrust's picture

Pretty sure it's been said those two are the #1 and #2 overall at WR.

buckeyepastor's picture

Still not sold on Fields as a blocker, or as the sort of game-breaker that the H-back position is about.    Kind of thought that Hall would start at tailback, but then possibly move over to the H-back with Dunn in the backfield later in the game.  Based on the depth chart, it's either Fields or Wilson there.   
Begging the question of what happens when Hyde and Smith are back as options in the backfield with Hall.  To me, Hyde is just better suited for tailback in this offense, with Hall better suited for the H-position.   I know that was what Urban had envisioned, it seemed.   So then does Hall become #1 with Fields at #2, and then what of Wilson?   I suppose the first few games will resolve all of that.   
I am sure Fields knows the offense infinitely more than Wilson.   But I know Meyer wants to get Wilson involved, and Hall involved.   Oh, so many weapons.   

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InHartWeTrust's picture

Plug a guy in and play.  It will be confusing as hell for the defense when guys are lining up at multiple positions.

Spider1944's picture

Philly Brown? That has to be a typo. Unless he is in someone's dog house. 

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Earle's picture

I think I'm the only one who had Fields in the First Touchdown game, but I'll admit that I only picked him because no one else had.

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saevel25's picture

Kick return probably starts two guys, they probably have both of them back there.
I am kinda shocked at how young our defense is, i hope they grow up fast. Though i am glad we have experience on the back end, this should keep big plays down to a minimum. I know Meyer doesn't want a bend don't break defense, but we might have to play like that a few times while the young guys get there feet wet. But it will be fun to see how much faster these teams look. The offense should roll.

CC's picture

Agreed, but redshirt guys are listed as their year with no note of the redshirt.  ie FR not RS-FR so they look younger than they really are.

InHartWeTrust's picture

Roby, Barnett, and Bryant can all play aggressive D.  The Grant's are the only question marks when it comes to a true aggressive man to man D.  Assuming they can hold their own in man to man, the sky is the limit.
It is nice having Roby and two veteran safeties that you don't have to worry about.

Maestro's picture

A lot of youth on that 2-deep.  Cool beans.

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gobucks96's picture

Agreed, and I'm excited to see the 2nd team on the field!

Earle's picture

Green beans?

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brband64's picture

What you did there...I saw it.

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Maestro's picture

or even

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Buckeye_Ryan's picture

This is exciting. I can't WAIT to see this team in action. I'm hoping this offense is as exciting to watch as it has been to read about. Jet sweeps, touch passes, diamond formations, LET'S GO!

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hooverbad112's picture

For the very little that was considered up in the air here, there are a few contradictions to what we've heard since camp started and I'm guessing it's a ploy to list upperclassmen as starters.
From everything Urban has said no way Chris Fields is your starter ahead of Dontre Wilson. Fields hasn't even been mentioned at that position as far as I've heard. That's respect to a senior if I've ever seen it.
Same goes with Jordan Hall as a RB. Why put Dunn or Ball as the starter there when you can say Hall is your starting RB, which leaves room for Fields at H-B? These depth charts are worthless for skill positions in offenses like Urban's.

ATXbucknut's picture

Urban and others have mentioned Fields as the starter from time to time for sure. His name has definitely been lost in the chatter about Dontre Wilson since fall camp started.

whobdis's picture

Urban stated after the spring game that Fields would be a starter. We'll see for how long but I was wondering if he would stick with that. Apparently he has.

rkylet83's picture

Excited to see James Clark on the two deep!  Speed!

FROMTHE18's picture

No offense to Hall, but I am still skeptical on whether or not he is a game changer. He can be productive and make some plays but I just dont think he is that much of a difference maker. Hope he surprises me.

ih8rolltyde's picture

When I think of J Hall's potential I always think back to the spin cycle he put Fla defenders in down in Jacksonville (regretfully I was in attendance at that stinker). My gut says Buckeye nation will be pleased with Hall's season. He looked a bit heavy footed last year, but with all the nagging injuries, in how good of shape could he have been? My guess is that Coach Mick has him much quicker and more elusive this year. Just my two cents.

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Boxley's picture

Exactly how many freshman are in the 2 deep?, a lot. Good to see Joe burger getting 2 deep nod. Pretty damn good walk on huh?

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rkylet83's picture

Looks like 11; Dontre Wilson, Tyvis Powell, James Clark, Joey Bosa, Mike Mitchell, Joe Burger, Trey Johnson, Cameron Johnston, Pat Elfien, Von Bell, Eli Apple

Jason Priestas's picture

There are 12 true freshmen on the depth chart:
Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, James Clark, Cameron Johnston, Joey Bosa, Michael Hill, Trey Johnson, Mike Mitchell, Gareon Conley, Cam Burrows, Eli Apple and Vonn Bell.

Four redshirt freshmen appear: Pat Elflein, Kyle Dodson, Warren Ball and Tyvis Powell.

rkylet83's picture

Wow...that is a lot of youth!  I was having trouble counting it all!

Dread's picture

I noticed some of these guys have  not lost their black stripe. How are they in the two deep?

bucknasty13's picture

This was the point I was going to make as well.  He's right there with Mike Mitchell.  Impressive.

ColerainBuckeye33's picture

Devin Bogard still injured or recruited over? Also think we should have some younger guys like Bell backing up the safety spot since both will be open next year,I know the star is sort of a 3rd safety but I would like to see him get reps at the position he will play next year rather then be behind a redshirt freshmen.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Is Ron Tanner really just a soph? Seems like that guy has been on and off the radar at OSU for several years.

CC's picture

2011 + Redshirt.  They didn't note redshirt on the chart.

BTBuckeye's picture

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willshire58's picture

I know there may be absolutely nothing to the name change from Leo to Viper and that they may be synonymous to the staff, but in the past hasn't it been the thought that the Viper was kind of the Leo who kept his hand in the dirt more often than not?

rkylet83's picture

Could this be the reincarnation of the "super sophomores"?

RBuck's picture

I think "super freshman" would be more appropriate.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Ron Freaking Tanner. Love seeing his name on the 2Deep. Same with Trey berger and mitchel. Even though they are separate classes.

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TheShookster's picture

Maybe I missed something, but I thought I heard that Ezekiel would be definitely playing against Buffalo? So I'm surprised to not see him somewhere on the chart. I guess that's just how good the offense is going to be.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

gobucks96's picture

have a feeling plenty of backs will be used in this game..

rdubs's picture

This is only a two deep, we just happen to be about 12 deep at RB.  If the game goes as planned he'll be out there.

45OH4IO's picture

I have sources that say if the game goes as planned, Joe Bauserman will be making a QB cameo in the 4th quarter. Woo Woo!

OurHonorDefend09's picture

My reaction to Jordan Hall starting at RB... 
Sorry. I've stated this opinion many times, but in terms of having an explosive offense, I just don't see him having the ability to provide that. He's smaller, slower, and less agile than all the other backs/hybrids, yet has had the most opportunities. Unfortunately, I think this is because of 1) the obvious Hyde/Smith suspensions 2) the others not stepping up. Hopefully someone shines and makes Urban give that spot up. 

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Hall has paid his dues and will be given his chance. He might surprise you, but if he doesn't make the most of his opportunity I don't see Urban having too much trouble giving one of the younger guys more pt.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I get that and I respect him for it. It definitely makes me feel bad ripping him, but at this point he just reminds me of a scatback Lydell Ross. Always seems to be falling over himself when there are big plays ahead. I would absolutely love to be wrong on this one though. Just win, baby.

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Jonnferrell's picture

You must be forgetting how hopeless Lydell Ross was.  

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BTwrestle04's picture

There is a reason Jordan has been getting snaps since he has been a true freshman. It's because he has proved it in practice and in games that he deserves some carries even with other running backs on the roster (Herron, Saine, Hyde, etc.). I'm little suprised that people are that butthurt over him being named the starter. It's not like we have Rasta Wells suiting up and getting carries. This guy is averaging over 4 yards per carry, albeit in limited action.
People need to stop acting like they know who should be getting snaps more than the coaching staff who see these guys play every day.
End rant.

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BTwrestle04's picture

A stiff wind would blow that guy over.

RedStorm45's picture

Well, no one else has experience really.  Urban has said Hall is the #1 guy for the hybrid spot - but that's only when Hyde and Smith are healthy.  I'd imagine he'd get 8-10 carries plus quite a few plays lined up at the pivot.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

That was kind of my point of disinterest. Hall is a backup aka not better than Hyde or Rod. We know what he possesses and it isn't better than those two. They're only gone for a short amount of time. These other guys haven't gotten opportunities and now have the chance to. Why play Hall to get average production when there's a potential to grow these young guys and see what they have? Just seems like wasted snaps to me.
I'll shut up about this now. Let's play football already, dammit.

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RedStorm45's picture

Everyone who is out for any length of time is not listed on this depth chart.  I assume internally it will get updated as the players get through their suspensions.

Maestro's picture

He is productive.  Moves the chains.  Averaged about 5.5 yards per carry last season in limited time.  He is solid if not exciting.  I think Dunn and Ball will get a bunch of totes as well.

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BTwrestle04's picture

This reminds me a lot of my thinking about Herron and then me remembering how good he really was to have when he came back from suspension. He was really taken for granted and didn't really have "elite" size or speed, yet he was a workhorse and proved his worth numerous times.

otrain2416's picture

I don't care he's the starter for Buffalo we have our number 1 & 2 RBs injuried. He's a senior and deserves his spotlight. He should not be the starter one Smith and Hyde return. He's great in space but simply cannot run between the tackles. This is why he needs to be at the pivot role because he can make things happen in space and has good lateral movement. You sneeze on Jordan Hall inside he falls over. You sneeze on Smith and Hyde they run you over while carrying 3 defenders on their back.

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scottynoshotty's picture

100% with you on this, He can occasionally get to the edge and have a nice gain, but as an everydown back I think there are better options without a doubt. Running between the tackles he just looks so,,,out of place

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PHATBUCK13's picture

100% agree as well...
Hall could start at a few B1G schools, but with this stable of OSU RBs, he's no better than 5th when they are all healthy and not suspended...
When the other RBs return, Get Hall out in space as Dontre's backup...

RedStorm45's picture

Drew Basil the kicker is much taller than Drew Basil the punter.

jedkat's picture

Does anyone else feel kind of sorry for Buffalo's LT position?
I mean, it's not fair is it? Washington backed up by BOSA?!?!

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tussey's picture

I a little surprised that Philly and Devin Smith are listed as co-starters.  I guess I didn't realize that they were now playing the same WR position.  I probably shouldn't get too worked up over this since it will depend on the formation as to which personnel grouping is out there.  However I did find it odd.

elitesmithie's picture

This week is dragging on- can't wait for Saturday!

otrain2416's picture

Anyone else notice James Clark is only listed at 5'9''?

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WoodyTresselUrban's picture

I did as well. I was confused by that because his strides are so long in his recruiting videos, I figured he had to be around 6'

BTwrestle04's picture

I'm interested to see how Corey Smith turns out. I thought he would come in with JUCO experience and get some snaps, but he is already behind the depth chart to James Clark, a true freshman.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Was just thinking about this. He's only got three years to play two so his time to shine is now.

Rjpfish2's picture

Bryce Haynes still has not claimed the long snapper job from Makridis?  I figured since he was one of only a few scholarship players at the position in the nation that he would be an elite-caliber player.  Was he just that over-hyped or why hasn't he separated himself from a walk-on? He's had some time...

scottynoshotty's picture

Absolutley drooling thinking about this Defense next year..2 seniors in the 2 deep? only 7 upperclassmen?? Don't get me wrong this season will be great, but that D is gunna be unbelievable for years to come

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pjtobin's picture

My thoughts exactly! 

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TNbuckeye91's picture

i hope hall comes in and kicks ass. he didn't play much last year, and sometimes theres suth thing as a late bloomer. everyone HATED el guapo up until last year, called him slow and what-not. and he came in and proved everyone wrong. come on hall, prove everyone wrong.

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TNbuckeye91's picture

also with rod smith. everyone, "NO DONT GIVE IT TO HIM, HE'LL JUST FUMBLE" now he's so much better than hall? get out of here. although i will say i do like the way rod smith runs with the ball as long as he doesn't fumble. he's one of my favorite rbs on the roster.

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WhySoSerious's picture

+1+1 Preach


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