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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