Ohio State Releases Depth Chart for Virginia Tech Game

By Patrick Maks on September 2, 2014 at 3:53p
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Ohio State released its weekly depth chart Tuesday afternoon. Here's what you need to know. 

  • The offensive line is as follows (left to right): Taylor Decker, Pat Elflein, Jacoby Boren, Billy Price and Darryl Baldwin. There are no more "ORs" like there were last week. Also, note Elflein and Price flipped at right and left guard. Head coach Urban Meyer called the offensive line the Buckeyes' "number one concern" Monday.
  • Vonn Bell is starting over Cam Burrows at safety. Tyvis Powell remains the other starter. 
  • Michael Bennett solidified his starting spot over Tommy Schutt. Last week, Bennett and Schutt were co-starters with the "OR" label.
  • Eli Apple and Gareon Conley are still fighting for the second cornerback spot, but Apple's name is now listed before Conley's.
  • The running back pecking order remains the same.
Offense Defense
LT   68 TAYLOR DECKER 6-7 315 JR   DE   97 JOEY BOSA 6-6 275 SO
    73 ANTONIO UNDERWOOD 6-3 303 JR       59 TYQUAN LEWIS 6-3 260 FR
LG   65 PAT ELFLEIN 6-4 312 SO   NG   92 A. WASHINGTON 6-4 295 JR
    51 JOEL HALE 6-4 310 SR       52 DONOVAN MUNGER 6-4 300 FR
C   50 JACOBY BOREN 6-1 285 JR   DT   63 MICHAEL BENNETT 6-2 288 SR
    56 CHAD LINDSAY 6-2 302 SR     OR 90 TOMMY SCHUTT 6-2 295 JR
                    77 MICHAEL HILL 6-2 305 FR
RG   54 BILLY PRICE 6-4 312 FR   VIPER   88 STEVE MILLER 6-3 255 SR
    75 KYLE DODSON 6-6 310 SO       17 RASHAD FRAZIER 6-4 272 SR
    64 MARCELYS JONES 6-4 325 FR                
RT   76 DARRYL BALDWIN 6-6 307 SR   LB   43 DARRON LEE 6-2 228 SO
    57 CHASE FARRIS 6-4 300 JR       35 CHRIS WORLEY 6-2 222 FR
                    38 CRAIG FADA 6-0 233 JR
TE   86 JEFF HEUERMAN 6-5 255 SR   MLB   14 CURTIS GRANT 6-3 238 SR
    81 NICK VANNETT 6-6 260 JR       5 RAEKWON McMILLAN 6-2 240 FR
                    55 CAM WILLIAMS 6-1 228 JR
WR   6 EVAN SPENCER 6-2 208 SR   SLB   37 JOSHUA PERRY 6-4 252 JR
    84 COREY SMITH 6-1 180 JR       33 DANTE BOOKER 6-2 233 FR
    1 JOHNNIE DIXON 5-11 198 FR                
QB   16 J.T. BARRETT 6-1 225 FR   CB   13 ELI APPLE 6-1 198 FR
    12 CARDALE JONES 6-5 250 SO     OR 19 GAREON CONLEY 6-0 190 FR
RB   15 EZEKIEL ELLIOTT 6-0 225 SO   SAF   23 TYVIS POWELL 6-3 208 SO
  OR 7 ROD SMITH 6-3 231 SR       20 RON TANNER 6-0 205 JR
  OR 4 CURTIS SAMUEL 5-11 196 FR       1 ERICK SMITH 6-0 198 FR
H-B   2 DONTRE WILSON 5-10 188 SO   SAF   11 VONN BELL 5-11 200 SO
  OR 17 JALIN MARSHALL 5-11 205 FR       16 CAM BURROWS 6-0 210 SO
WR   9 DEVIN SMITH 6-1 199 SR   CB   12 DORAN GRANT 5-11 196 SR
    3 MICHAEL THOMAS 6-3 203 SO       26 ARMANI REEVES 5-10 198 JR
    89 JEFF GREENE 6-5 220 JR                
                NICKEL   26 ARMANI REEVES 5-10 198 JR
Special Teams
K   96 SEAN NUERNBERGER 6-1 230 FR   H   95 CAMERON JOHNSTON 6-0 195 SO
    39 KYLE CLINTON 6-1 218 SR       15 LUKE MORGAN 6-2 225 SO
P   95 CAMERON JOHNSTON 6-0 195 SO   PR   2 DONTRE WILSON 5-10 188 SO
    96 SEAN NUERNBERGER 6-1 230 FR       17 JALIN MARSHALL 5-11 205 FR
LS   41 BRYCE HAYNES 6-4 220 JR   KR   2 DONTRE WILSON 5-10 188 SO
                    17 JALIN MARSHALL 5-11 205 FR
128 Comments

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M5gatronBuckeye's picture

The LB core of Lee, McMillan and Booker are going to be very, very scary

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Scarlet Veins's picture

I was a bit skeptical of Daren Lee coming from New Albany and all...not anymore.  I think he could be a great one.  Go Bucks!

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741's picture

I would love a football explanation as to why there is not a way to get Grant and McMillan on the field at the same time. Seems a waste to keep Raekwon on the shelf.

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HeuermanTheFireman's picture

They play the same position so I would think having them both on the field would make one play out of position thus putting the defense at a handicap because neither have great range. My best guess without seeing Kwon live against another opponent.

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Buckeye414's picture

Grant spent the entire game against navy getting chipped. He was completely rendered ineffective (typical).

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Afonzai's picture

I completely disagree with this comment with all due respect.  Grant made a lot of plays and I was very pleased with his performance.  He was not ineffective (typical) by any means, especially if he was being "chipped" and taking away a blocker as you point out. Why the hate?

Afonzai

741's picture

I mean to say, why do they play exactly the same position? Can't a linebacker learn to play multiple LB positions on our defense? Get the best guys on the field.

I guess maybe one could infer Raekwon is simply not one of the top three LB's we have on the team at the moment.

garyb's picture

They certainly could have used 4 linebackers against Navy and had Kwon in there.  They sure didn't need 4 dbs in that game, because Navy didn't even WANT to throw the football.  They won at this point that is all that matters.  Go bucks!

Just Grin and Barrett!

The Rill Dill's picture

How do all you guys know how good Raekwon is, at the college level?  You all act like it's a 'given' that he is automatically better than everyone else.  It MAY be true, and it MAY not.  The EXACT same things were said about Curtis Grant.  There are several players that we could say are a 'waste', by sitting them.  Only eleven can play at any given time.  

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

Hell yea I like this depth chart more than last week. It does say "OR" next to Tommy Schutts name.Vonn Bell finally won his job. Imo Eli Apple is a better corner than Conley based solely on the spring game. Go Bucks! !

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TheBadOwl's picture

A bit surprised that Dontre and Jalin are still listed as co-starters. Jalin looked good, but Dontre is clearly out best offensive player right now.

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.

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SOF_Buckeye's picture

I like the 'Or' here. I thought Jalin should have been given more carries last weekend. It's a 'win/win' situation in my book and keeps more options for offensive weapons and planning.

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tOSUperiour's picture

Based on last year, and the fact he's bulked up quite a bit this offseason, I agree that Dontre is the best established offensive player.  But Curtis Samuel had such a small sample size last Saturday and did not disappoint on any touches.  He might take that top spot over before the season is over. Competition breeds success. (Hopefully not contempt.)

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swainpm's picture

Dontre played well last week, but before I'd anoint him the teams best offensive weapon I want to see a few more games. There are still plenty of names who might contest that statement.

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zeversole's picture

Samuel had a few good runs up the middle as well. For a frosh he showed quite an ability to read gaps. Hope to see him get more touches as well.

SafetyGuy's picture

Three things I would love to see against VaTech:

1. Johnnie Dixon with significant playing time

2. Raekwon flying around like a man possessed

3. Jeff Greene showcasing that 6-5 frame. 

Go Bucks!

O-H-

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d5k's picture

I think #2 is the only one that has a chance of happening, but still in limited number of reps.  Other 2 guys are too far down the depth chart to play unless we completely blow VT out (I guess it is possible!).

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

I would like to see all of these because it would mean we blew out the Hokies. 

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GVerrilli92's picture

1. Mike Thomas is the third receiver. Corey Smith is 4th and Johnnie is 5th. I just don't see him getting on the field often, he may have a design play or two. Significant playing time is doubtful though.

2. The set we played against Navy had Worley and Lee on the field at the same time very often. I don't know if we'll use this against VT, but that would be one less true LB out there. Urban said we're gonna see McMillan though, so we'll see.

3. He almost got that Navy FG att. before halftime! But.. wouldn't get your hopes up as far as meaningful snaps against VT. See #1

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mrinder83's picture

on the #2 I think it was already said that this defense with both lee and worley was only unique to this game, because they were rotating grant and perry at middle.  I think the defense from here on out is how the depth chart lists it....grant and kwon in the middle, perry with booker on one side and lee with worley on the other

mrinder

mtrotb's picture

Let me ask you a question:  if you want Dixon and Greene to play then who has to sit under your scenario??

mtrotb

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clogan1032's picture

If we get inside the red zone I want to see the fade route to Greene. 

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The Rill Dill's picture

Yeah, the other team's coaching staff will never see that coming.

clogan1032's picture

I would telegraph it all the way and still throw it, the height advantage he will have on every DB will allow the play to be successful even when they know it is coming.  Or put him on the field as a decoy, either way in the red zone I would like to see him as an option.

Jack Burton's picture

Vonn Bell.

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GVerrilli92's picture

Unfortunately, I fear that Cam Burrows may become the next Ohrian Johnson with another performance like that..

Saw that he was moved to CB, wasn't he at S before?

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cdub4's picture

A little early for OJ comparisons....Also he listed at safety still.

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rosenbuck's picture

He can play both, he came in as a corner IIRC.

CTBuckeye's picture

Vonn Bell definitely earned the start alone with no 'or' next to his name.  Looking forward to seeing the Silver Bullets against a "traditional" offense.

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stittracer99's picture

Not a huge deal, but you have Conley and Apple's numbers switched. Threw me off for a second when you said that Apple is now listed ahead of Conley.

shadybuck's picture

I think you're right with their numbers, also I was wondering if Heuerman is wearing #5 for the rest of the season or not

I was also trying to remember how many more games Noah Spence is out for, is this his last one?

saluki2007's picture

You are correct about Spence.  This is his last game suspended.

d5k's picture

Lol, anyone else notice the OR is gone at free safety but they flipped Bell/Burrows numbers...

original buckeye's picture

"Michael Bennett solidified his starting spot over Tommy Schutt. Last week, Bennett and Schutt were co-starters with the "OR" label."

Is that a typo?  The depth chart I'm looking at still has the "OR" between Schutt and Bennett.

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zeversole's picture

They would be crazy not to start Bennett. He did so well against Navy.

CGroverL's picture

Don't flood the bad guy (me) with downvotes over this, even if it has been a popular thing to do for a month now. I'm sorry to all. I'm a "stat guy" and I watch every game 3 times USUALLY before ever saying a word here...but everyone hates me anyway.

I love Michael Bennett on the field as he is technically sound in his play and even though he is about 25 pounds undersized, he is usually a force to be reckoned with...BUT...Bennett had 1 solo tackle for a 3 yard loss and 1 assist. That's it. I realize that part of his job is to clog up the middle, but on the whole...he was stuffed at the line and out of the play most of the time. Now, Adolphus Washington, the other DT, had 4 tackles (2 for loss), 2 assists, and a sack. Bennett is a TRUE Buckeye Warrior...but he really did not have such a good game. He looked like he was doing great getting penetration. The truth is though that he fell victim to Navy's way of blocking in their OL. They often let the DT's get into the backfield while staying in contact with them. Then they use the DT's momentum against him and keep pushing him in the direction he was going. Yes, he gets into the backfield, but he essentially is taken out of the play. That is exactly why Navy kept ripping off big runs. Their technique is solid and they practice just 10-15 plays and their OL is taught to push the D-linemen in the direction they are going...and it takes them out of the play......thus- Michael Bennett "did so well" but tallied just 1 tackle and 1 assist and really was little help even though it looked like he was dominating Navy's OL.

See why I get so many downvotes? I look at stats and watch every game 3 times so I don't miss much. Believe it or not, that makes people hate you here. Sorry. Let the downvotes fly now, Nation.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Methinks you doth protest too much regarding the DVs. I like the research you do on the games, though I'm not sure I agree with you about Bennett's game on Saturday. Still, as I said, you back up your points (which was your point).

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Buckeye414's picture

That was the game plan. Clog the middle, push them outside and to the perimeters hoping our speed beats them. How many double teams did Mike take on?  Didn't he take on a double team when Darron got his sack this opening a hole? 

-Go Bucks!

zeversole's picture

Dude I've been on here less than a week and I've seen at least four or five of your comments. I've noticed one recurring theme among them all. You are WAAAYYY too worried about votes and people liking you on a forum.

Just hit the topics and support the team. Nothing wrong with stirring a debate every now and then, but don't constantly complain about it. No one is going to hate you just for disagreeing with them.

Plus, the site rules DO specifically state "don't complain about down votes"... So lets respect the wishes of the folks providing this service for us to enjoy. We all have one thing in common on this site. Lets focus on that :)

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Bennett and Washington's respective jobs defending a triple option attack aren't to tally up a bunch of tackles. Their job is to stuff the middle of the field and force the play outside. If you want to rate their performance look at how many times Navy attempted to run between A or B gap and look at those rushing totals compared to what was gained C gap and outside. IMO those two guys were the reason we didn't lose the game. Navy pretty much had to run outside, so much that out DT's were to the point where they were starting to leave the BB or Fullback alone to pursue down the line. They were so effective that Navy pretty much bailed on the inside run game until they noticed our DT's cheating outside, once they recognized this that's when you saw a few big runs up the gut late in the game. Overall I think our entire defense played very solid gap assignment football. Sure there were breakdowns, that's what that offense is designed to do. If you told me that we would hold Navy to 17 points before the game started, I think I'd take that every time.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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zeversole's picture

I concur. After reading the comment on Bennett I went back and watched some of the game. And I have to say. Even if I was blind I would have known how well he did just by how often his name came up. Of course he didn't record 7 tackles. Did you see how much they were playing on the edge anyways? He was a load in the middle which is exactly his job. Part of the reason Washington or any of the LB core were getting sprung to make plays was because of Bennett doubling up on assignments in the middle. I stand by my initial evaluation and hope he gets the start on Saturday. 

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Buckeye419er's picture

Me likes...me likes a lot.

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nikolajz1's picture

Says something about the depth of this team when our best player on defense (Bennett) has an "Or" next to his name. 

d5k's picture

I think that is more of a nod to Schutt, saying he would typically start on a defensive line made up of humans.

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Toolface4's picture

With baaugh out, who is the third option at TE in case one goes down? Or would they probably then just completely avoid two TE sets?

BuckeyeJ's picture

I would assume Hubbard. But he was switched back to LB

what about Greene? 

hetuck's picture

Hubbard warmed up with the tight ends wearing #49. 

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BuckeyeJ's picture

Thanks for the update!!

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

If not Hubbard then yes, who else is there? Unless they move Noah Brown?

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OHinTN's picture

Didn't JT Moore switch to TE?  I haven't heard anything about him of late.

Alpo's picture

I thought Moore hung up his cleats due to injuries sustained over the years, and to focus on a career in business if I'm not mistaken. 

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RufusVonDufus's picture

You are right, Alpo, he hung them up.
 

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mphillips87's picture

I think JT Moore has made the switch to TE.

UrbanRenewal's picture

What ever happened to Trey Johnson? Seems like it was just last summer he was one of our best recruits and also from SEC country 

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BuckeyeJ's picture

I was thinking same thing 

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d5k's picture

Seems like a redshirt candidate at best...

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osu407's picture

He was injured during fall camp.  I don't know if he is healthy again yet or not.

otrain2416's picture

He got overtaken by the underrated Ohio talent.

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mrinder83's picture

he got hurt in camp....they said it would be a few weeks until he is back

mrinder

swainpm's picture

Read on here a while back that he was at the back of the pack for lack of effort/drive. Maybe someone who knows how to search can find that article/link. Hopefully he rights that ship.

buckeye phi's picture

Good to see the "OR" removed from all the offensive line positions this week.  Gotta give those guys a chance to "gel" together.  They have to play well against that always tough, well coached Virginia Tech defense - or iot could be a long night..

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CGroverL's picture

I think the OL switch will work wonders. It seemed like Navy's blitz (even if just one LB blitzed) overwhelmed the OL as 2 defenders seemed to fly across the line of scrimmage on every blitz. That's not good considering that Navy's 3-4 defense often rushed just the front 3 and a blitz made just four rushers. They need time together and I hope this switch was made in time. (+1), Phi. The OL is what will make this team great....with a little more power rushing that I'm afraid only #7 can give the Buckeyes. I have to call him #7 because people are sick of me saying his name. At least I'm not calling him "Rod Jones" like Beth Mowins would be, though.

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Thanks, Urb!

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Buckeye414's picture

It's a blindside issue. Tech would have crashed the A gap on the left and hit or flush him right.  At least he can see the giant gaping hole from crap Guard play now.

-Go Bucks!

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droessl's picture

So is Heuerman sticking with #5 this week? I see he's listed at 86... 

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I was wondering this myself. Any word on this staff? 

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Murph32's picture

I didn't know Booker was only 6'2, thought it was around 6'5 for some reason.

zeversole's picture

Given that we give so much attention to the breakout players I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge how well Nuernberger settled in. I think he was a good choice at kicker. Well done kid!

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osupolo's picture

Tressel is that you?

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D-Day0043's picture

Lol! That's great!

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russbuss31's picture

I am excited to see our defense against a more traditional offense. I hope we can showcase all of the talent Urban has been stocking our cupboards with. Would love to see 'Kwon get some more reps too, wasn't overly impressed with Curtis last weekend.

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d5k's picture

First sentence and last sentence are related.  Let's see what Curtis does against VT before putting "Play Kwon" on billboards.

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buckeyedexter's picture

I thought he played well, 3-way tied for 3rd with 7 total tackles and a sack.

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bakerjon's picture
You are kinda like the ambassador of Kwon here...
 

"It's all ball bearings these days guys"

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Virginia Tech runs a traditional offense, but it has been years since they have had a dynamic offense.  Our defense's play against the Hokies will tell us things, but it won't be the answer to what we'll see against Sparty, Michigan or a possible Big 10 Champ game.  

It seems like over the past 10 years, Virginia Tech has had a somewhat mobile QB, with better legs, than arm, and some pretty solid running backs.  VaTech QB's have lacked the ability to throw both the short and long passes consistently.  If Virginia Tech got behind and you made their offense 1 dimensional, needing to throw to win, they were at times feeble.   That being said, Virginia Tech will be a test, for sure, but it's nowhere close to the good offenses we will see.

swainpm's picture

This year they are lacking their stable of RBs and they feature a passing QB who is somewhat mobile. I am interested to see how the dbs do against Brewer. The kid can sling it.

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CGroverL's picture

Here come more downvotes....

Curtis Grant has been unimpressive over his entire Buckeye career. He was moved around and rotated in and out against Navy and had statistically one of the better games of his career. He tallied 3 solo tackles, 4 assists, and one tackle for loss...an 11 yard loss on a sack. That isn't too bad for game one against Navy where he is being moved around and rotated out. I'm sorry...I pay attention to stats and watch the games. Don't hate me for it.

Everyone wants to see the young, unproven kids play, but this team has 2 seniors that are probably the best at their positions on the team... One may be Curtis Grant (finally) and the other is definitely #7, if anyone will give them a shot before throwing in every true freshman on the team on the field because you want to see them play. Honestly...if the seniors play, this team might have a shot at winning the Big Ten. Playing all freshmen, sophomores, and redshirt freshmen usually doesn't work well and experience is why. Raekwon McMillan may be the next great LB at Ohio State, but right now Ohio State has a senior that is big, strong, and fast enough and finally may be where he needs to be. Give Grant ant the older guys that haven't lost a regular season game in 2 years a shot before throwing unproven freshmen in just because you want to see what is "in the cupboard". Am I the ONLY one that realizes all of these players getting hate from Buckeye Nation still have yet to lose a regular season game under Urban Meyer?

I apologize...but some of this is getting ridiculous. Grant may have made mistakes against Navy, but if he played the entire game, he may have doubled his stats.....and that is what we have been screaming at him for from day one. AND...every defender on the Buckeye squad made mistakes against that stranger than strange Navy offense. Hell, yesterday someone here said that Chris Ash had fixed the secondary, proven by Navy getting just 20 passing yards against the Buckeyes...But those kind of things happen when an offense throws just 4 passes. Chris Ash's secondary, like Raekwon McMillan, is unproven. Let's not elevate them to "legend" status just yet.

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Thanks, Urb!

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bafiesta's picture

Isn't Darron Lee a redshirt FR?  It says SO above.  

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buckeyedexter's picture

Yep, must be a typo.

Dmac3212's picture

The offensive line better be ready. Might even be a tougher challenge than MSU, if not, right up there. 

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AndyVance's picture

Also, Cameron Johnston is the first-team holder.

(Some traditions should never die.)

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ShoeHolder's picture

I miss the end of last years depth chart discussions ending with the starting holder position. 

Real question though - in case there is a bad snap, wouldn't you want someone a little more agile who can make something happen on a busted play?

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AndyVance's picture

I'm thinking that we're going to see The Wonder From Down Under break off one of those fake punts where he showcases that Aussie Rules toughness, etc., so perhaps he will be in position to do the same on a fake field goal... No idea if he can along the rock, however, since that was something the previous holder was very good at doing...

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a.buck's picture

Where is Tre Johnson?

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johnjy78's picture

I think it would be a kick ass formation to see Devin Smith and Mike Thomas out wide, Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson at the two slots, and Curtis Samuel at halfback. I'd call it the "Ohio State speed trumps SEC speed" formation. 

johnjy78

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chirobuck's picture

Replace Thomas with Clark and your there

 
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CGroverL's picture

Lack of power, though...It is possible to have the speed and a power rusher out there at the same time. #7 was running sub 4.4 as a sophomore and now he is a RS senior with tons of speed. He is being listed at 231 pounds now, but has been listed at 238 in the past and ran below the 4.4 mark. I love all of that speed but I didn't like seeing Dontre Wilson trying to block on a run play that resulted in a huge loss and a FG when 2 runs by #7 up the middle would have brought 7 points. I don't think that Elliott liked seeing Dontre get manhandled before he received the pitch that turned that 3rd and 1 into a 4th and 11, either. Two runs by the only true power rusher on the squad (#7) on that 3rd and 1 inside the 10 yard line definitely would have brought a TD. FACE IT BUCKEYE NATION...The Buckeyes need #7 running the ball even if you hate him and love Ezekiel Elliott. #7 is bigger and faster just like Carlos Hyde was...just like Chris Wells was...just like Maurice Clarett was...just like Eddie George was...

Surely there is a pattern there that you must see. #7 is what the Bucks have and he is a RS senior...Give that big, fast man the ball!!! He is the answer!!!

Trump the SEC with freshmen and redshirt freshmen? I guess I'm crazy like I was when I said that Carlos Hyde (not Jordan Hall or Dan Herron after he served his suspension) should be the #1 RB. Buckeye Nation called me names and downvoted me (in a way) then, too. I got the last laugh then though. At least Meyer has already said that #7 will get more carries this week. That's what Ohio State needs and no matter what Urban Meyer said, he knows it to be true. Don't think that #7 is going to get more carries because of an 11 second block that he made on special teams. He is going to get more carries because Elliott should have had a 100 yard game against Navy. Instead he got outrun by J.T. Barrett.

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Thanks, Urb!

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HeuermanTheFireman's picture

Please start putting a TL;DR on the end of all of your posts. I'm not being a smart ass, they are too long.

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

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OH1O State's picture

People aren't down-voting you because they disagree with you. 
You get down-voted because your posts are obnoxious and ANNOYINGLY long. 

Anyone can do a quick google search for stats; we don't need you.

Please just take your novels to a forum post.

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cjkanski's picture

Yes you could use Rod Smith. Yes he's big. Yes he's fast. We know this (you tell us all the time in 500 words or more). I think the idea of not having a "Bruiser" in there is to confuse the defense, create mismatches or blown coverages, resulting in a big play.  You could use it  on any down or distance. Power is not needed since it's not a designed run. J.T. gets the snap, 5 Burners launch in 5 directions, and the opponent goes "Awwww WTH???"

I say run this with a man in motion for even more defensive churn.

tosubuckeye's picture

Congrats to Vonn Bell. Well deserved!!!!

tosubuckeye
 

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wolfy2014's picture

The only thing that really surprises me with this depth chart is Billy Price getting the start again. If I recall correctly, Hale came in for much of the second half and that is when the offensive line (and as a result the offense as a whole) performed much better. 

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NYC Buckeye's picture

My thoughts exactly...

D-Day0043's picture

Yeah, I thought Price was getting beat badly in the first half. They were just blowing by him. Maybe that's why they moved him to the right guard position?

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chirobuck's picture

+1 I noticed that during the game, I even turned to my wife and said something like its a good thing hale switched sides.....she looked up from her magazine annoyed and rolled her eyes cause I know damn well she has no idea what im talking about

 
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buckeyedude's picture

Why is Mike Maduko not on the depth chart anywhere?!

 

 

steveoz49's picture

In no way am I looking past this weekend but I can not wait to have Spence back in the line up.... QBs would not sleep at all knowing Spence and Bosa are coming off the edge with Bennett and Washington pushing the pocket in their face.  No where to run!!!!!

NYC Buckeye's picture

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't Billy Price the lineman who was benched last week?  When he was replaced by Joel Hale in the second half didn't the line play better???

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Interesting to see Dodson switched positions to Guard. 

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SoCalBuck26's picture

No Micheal Thomas?  I'd rather see D.Smith, Thomas and Jalin 

sivaDavis's picture

Wasn't particularly happy when Price started next to Baldwin. I know Pat Elflein got beat a play or two but it just seemed like Price and Baldwin were so fresh, for them to flip Elflein to left guard was surprising. I know you want to protect your QB's blindside but I feel like Taylor Decker did so well holding his own that any of the guards, not including Pat, could play next to him. A couple of times guys blew right past either Baldwin or Price when it seemed they thought they had help or should have had help. It will all get better when they gel but I just thought having Price next to Decker and Baldwin next to Elflein would have been good for all parties in the learning curve. But I'm not a coach at The Ohio State University so obviously my opinion doesn't mean much. 

Our team looks very, very solid, especially on the offensive side with all the playmakers. We just need to shore up that offensive line and I think the Buckeyes will surprise a lot of people here the next couple weeks.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

ibuck's picture

I'd like to see lots of rotation, despite who starts, so there is lots of experience for B1G play, the post-season and the 2015 season.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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CGroverL's picture

+1 and I'd give you +5 if I could. I know that I'm the one that everybody hates here for telling the truth and paying attention to stats, but your one sentence made more sense to me than everything else I've read so far. Thank you.

Rotation, even among the DL and LB's will be the key that keeps teams off balance, Buckeyes fresh, and also makes for a strong 2015. Thanks again. Go Buckeyes!

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Sooo when Meyer said Eric Smith and Damon Webb "have got to play" this year, did that mean, this year or next

Regardless of the depth chart, I was under the impression guys were going to be rotated in and out this year. I hope it happens in the up coming games. I understand Navy was a difficult one to get new guys in. 

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teddyballgame's picture

He probably meant vs the likes of Kent State

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clogan1032's picture

Thought Eric Smith was injured and he said Webb needs to get stronger. 

swainpm's picture

Alwayz, not saying you disagree but I think he meant that they have got to play if they EARN IT. None of these new guys should get playing time bc they were highly touted recruits, right? Meyer shouldn't have to play any freshmen unless they truly outclass their older peers. If that hurts recruiting who cares...you want guys who want to come in and compete. If they aren't able to outplay the older guys and are just fast then special teams is a nice second option for PT.

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BuckeyeCollector's picture

As much as I like that we have 3 RB's listed I would really like to see EZ-E dominate on Saturday and really show us what he can do at home in the biggest game of his life. I think he can do it, just needs a little more help from the O-Line. Another star will be born my friends.

"I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever." -Braxton Miller

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Fowle13's picture

Espn believes vt will pull off a double digit upset!! God I fucking hate ESPN!

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chirobuck's picture

Good....it will just make them look like know nothing clueless dumb asses when we beat them

 
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chinooker97's picture

Did Mark May call the double digit upset, what a douche!  Vonn Bell is finally starting and Darron Lee is going to be one of those diamond in the rough kind of kids.  Love it!

"Because we couldn't go for three."

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

DUDES:! I dont care who starts, lets kick their ass !!!! 

OSU has one of the youngest football teams in the NCAA!   By starters AND by class! Look it up.

Youth movement, GREAT! Talented youth is what OSU  has this year. Look at the depth chart and take your pick. Your favorites, yeah. This may be the youngest OSU team ( starters / depth ) since 1968, in fact, younger than 1968!  But then, you only read about it. Word.

Whoever starts, whoever plays, lets hope ALL your favorites are spot on.

Eve with zero recruits next year, this still  might be the beginning of the greatest run ever!

Talk to your daddy.....

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Glad to see Bell listed as the starter at SS. I believe he's been Ohio State's best option there ever since he stepping on the practice fields for the Bucks. 

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

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Tkebuck1's picture

Samuel didn't get many carries, but I couldn't believe how fast he flew through the tiniest holes when he did get a shot. You simply gave to give this young man some more snaps. Ballistic. Whew!

otrain2416's picture

Interesting out of all the true freshman OL hyped up Marcelys Jones is the only one on the depth chart.

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mtrotb's picture

Yes and no.  For whatever reason some positions list a 3rd string and others don't.  If they listed an entire 3rd string offensive line, then other frosh would appear.

mtrotb

BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

I know it's the first game but I feel that Curtis is a H back and he needs to be in space more..At the opening he ran a 4.36 with a 40inch vertical jump u have to get him in space and it's pretty difficult to just do that out the backfield playing pure tailback..

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chirobuck's picture

I thought he looked pretty damn good at TB myself, and who do you bench to put him there, wilson? Marshall? Cause they both looked pretty damn good too

 
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MrWiley7's picture

What a good problem to have! I am interested to see how it plays out with touches for all of the playmakers.

BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

Yeah dontre and Marshall did look good..He was recruited for the H and excelled at RB because urban likes them to learn how to play in the backfield first jus like dontre did last year..I jus feel that's the position for him no knock on Dontre or Jalin because they're great.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Anyone else surprised that Boren supplanted Lindsay at center? I would have figured that Lindsay would have had the advantage due to game experience alone, but I guess that's a nod to how hard Jacoby has been working.

Knarcisi's picture

Kyle Dodson sighting 

bucks4nuts's picture

Really thought Hale would start... If Baldwin struggles I wouldn't doubt joel going hin.. Urban did mention during his halftime interview hale provided some help

"To The House"

Nairion's picture

Amyone on staff say why the online switch was made?

Stoicpaisano's picture

Pretty sure Hale's only snaps were in 2Q with Price being back for the entire second half. I'll check. 

bucks4nuts's picture

You a probably right 

"To The House"

Ludwig Yards's picture

Heard 3rd-hand that Lisle may be done for the season. Could explain why he is no longer on the depth chart and Dodson and Jones are.

JoeAndSo's picture

Can someone explain to me what the "Viper" position is?

Mercy is for the weak.