Subtle Hints on the Offensive Line

By Jason Priestas on September 30, 2008 at 7:00 am

The depth chart for the Wisconsin game is out and while it's important to point out that these things are tentative at best (remember, Pryor was listed as a firm #2 the week of his first start), there's some interesting movement.

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For starters, it appears as if guard Steve Rehring is getting close to returning to the lineup. While we've previously speculated that he may not get his job back, he's listed as a co-starter with Cordle at left guard. He'd been out of action since the USC game and in his absence, Cordle slid over from center with freshman center Mike Brewster getting his first two starts of his young career against Troy and Minnesota.

The depth chart shows Brewster and Cordle listed as co-starters at center, but as poorly as the guards have played this season, I'm all in favor of keeping Brewster at center, Cordle at left guard and then having Rehring and Person wrestle in Jell-O for that open right guard spot.

Rory Nicol's ankle injury means he won't see any action this weekend and fullback Brandon Smith is listed as the #2 tight end, his natural position. Smith will still maintain starting fullback duties and his versatility combined with the fact that the Buckeyes hate throwing to tight ends means the injury probably won't impact the offense that much.

In some exciting news, DeVier Posey is listed on the depth chart for the first time this season in the third slot at one of the wide receiver positions. He's listed behind Hartline and Small, but through the first five games the staff has listed only two players at each of the receiver spots, so read into that as you see fit.

Chekwa and Donald Washington are still listed as co-starters at one of the corner spots and Jermale Hines has cemented his spot ahead of Jamario O'Neal at safety, but really not a whole lot of movement in the secondary.

Finally, the kick return pair remains the same with Saine and Boom listed as the top guys. I'm going to object to Boom being back there for fear of injury -- he's really starting to come on. And you know my feelings on Saine back there. Can't get everything we want, I guess.