I like to think that Erick Smith is backing up Powell, but it looks like I'm wrong.
You could be right. I've heard Smith's name in the mix too. That said, I think Burrows is really the main back up to both safety spots for now.
Ed Warrinor said on Sirius Xm radio that Chase Farris was the 3rd tackle. Seemed like he was referring to either side. He also said Billy Price was a top 5 guy.
Also Michael Bennett said that he is playing NT and Tommy Schutt is his back up. Just thought I would mention that. Love this article. Been waiting on this since April.
JT Barrett is gonna be nastyyyyyyyyyyyy. I can't wait.
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You say you are cautiously optimistic about the linebackers. Does it make a difference that Fickell has promised that this year will have the best linebacker play in a long time?
"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs
A man can only dream, but when I dream, I dream of these guys
Now THAT is Ohio State linebacking corps!
I wouldn't tell your wife that...
What I want to know is, with Guiton gone, who is the first string holder?
Not Cardale Jones, his hands are too big. Where is Vico to break this one down for us?
High and tight boo boo
JT was holding during the Spring Game.
I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.
Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan
mildly surprised D Webb isn't mentioned. Is he a red shirt candidate?
Hard to break the 2-deep as a true freshman unless you are amazing or your team has no depth at the position.
Love this write up, love this team, is it time for kickoff yet? Go Bucks!
Maybe it's because Í've/We've followed these kids since their requitment, but that 2 deep projection looks flipping AWESOME! This next week can't pass fast enough.
Great rundown. We got ourselves a team. Can't wait.
Every spring and summer we hear of at least one player, usually a incoming freshman who is setting the world on fire. This year it was Curtis Samuel. I'd be surprised if he got much playing time at all and maybe just two or three plays a game his way.
I think you mistook walk-on LB Joe Burger for injured freshman LB Kyle Berger.
who has been taking the most reps with the 1's Apple or Reeves? also Dante Booker is someone i could see in time getting on the 2 deep, his athletic ability and raw power would be a huge lift and energy boost
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I can see why Urban really, really likes this team, even with Brax on the sideline.
So many weapons!! Can't wait, T-7 Days!!
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It's good to see these battles rage on. It shows how much talent and depth. Keep up the hard work and bring home a trophy or two at the end of the year!
I like your picks Chris, only changes I would have in my predicting are
We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.
I'm surprised Reeves is still top two to start, although I suppose he could have developed over the summer. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Burrows get a decent amount of playing time even if he doesn't start. I was impressed with him in the Indiana game last year. He played solid coverage and generally looked like he knew what he was doing, even in a corner spot.
...and Michigan still sucks.
People that are surprised by Reeves still being a starting candidate may want to consider that the change in coverage philosophy may be playing to his strengths. He may be excelling at man coverage and jamming his guy close to the line of scrimmage. I recall a few plays last year where he reacted explosively and nailed a receiver for little or no gain, looking very much like a Donte Whitner or Antoine Winfield, two of the hardest hitting, most physical DBs per pound of body weight we've ever had. He may be exceptional in a scheme where he doesn't have to do a lot of thinking figuring out his responsibility for more than 3 or so seconds after the ball is snapped.
The problem is we as fans just tend to remember those times when a DB looked really bad and usually assume if he was the one closest to the guy that caught the ball he was obviously the one that wasn't where he should have been. I'd venture to guess - and I'm not Ross Fulton or have any coaching experience so I am really just guessing - that with the complexity of the coverage schemes last year that about half the time it wasn't the case that the guy closest to the receiver was the one that blew the coverage. In other words, Reeves and Roby may have had much better seasons than our gut-level fan reactions have led us to believe.
Running in circles and being unable to locate the ball carrier on a long gainer tends to resonate in a fans memory for quite a while.
True that. Or in Reeves case, having a 270 pound TE pull away from you on a long touchdown. He'll probably need to have an Antoine Winfield type season to live that one down.
Chris- does the staff have a date set in mind when the official starting lineup is put in place or will it come down to the last minute decision type of deal?
I'm anticipating a depth chart mid-week from Urban that has a lot more "or" than Chris did. I think until gameday there will be a number of positions where the true starter will be a toss-up.
"Woody would have wanted it that way"
I really like our secondary this year. I know they are a question mark still, but I really like how Reeves matured last year, and how Apple looked against a very good Clemson offense. Grant and Powell and Conley I also think will be great.
Evan Spencer has been a solid receiver for the past few seasons. He's made some big plays and been a valuable blocker and athlete. But I think it's a situation where we've seen his "ceiling" probably, and he's on a roster with a bunch of other guys that are just now beginning to realize potential. He's been good, but I agree with Chris. If our offense is going to really be what we hope for, it will mean others stepping up and Evan taking a secondary role.
I would like to see Cam Burrows in the nickel with Bell and Powell at safety.
Isn't Darron Lee a RS frosh, not a Sophomore?
I expect big things out of the special teams. They very well could be the deciding factor in a few games this year.
When you lose, say little. When you win, say less.
QB JT Barrett RB Ezekiel Elliott WR Corey Smith WR Michael Thomas H Dontre Wilson TE Jeff Heurman LT Decker LG Price C Boren RG Eiflen RT Baldwin TE Heurman
12 players would definitely be an interesting strategy..
Great analysis. When does the "official" 2-Deep come out from the University?
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Thank you, Jason. (Slow internet connection right now...)
Oh, --- thank you BuckeyePastor. Mid-week with plenty of "or" from UFM.
Just gotta say the knowledge exhibited by the commentators on this site is impressive. Having read several comment sections on various college football sites, this one really stands out. Not unrelated to that observation, there seems to be a very positive outlook here. Haven't noticed many personal shots being leveled at eachother.
The two deep analysis shows some significant trouble spots. This close to the opening kick-off the unsettled offensive line is a cause for concern - especially at center.
As many reading this probably know, the center is normally responsible for calling the pre-snap o-line signals. It's important to have some consistency in that regard. Plus, the fundamental importance of the relationship between the quarterback and the center makes a rotation problematic.
Speaking of center though, it was encouraging to see that the transfer from Alabama was not able to just waltz in to Columbus and win the starting job right away. Nothing against the young man - but all this talk of SEC superiority has become tiresome.
Uncertainty at one of the corners is troubling also - especially considering the trouble last years squad had with pass defense.
On the other hand, it's comforting to see that the talent at safety must run so deep that Vonn Bell, a much vaunted 5-star recruit with some playing time under his belt, is not a lock to start. They're saying he's fully recovered from that knee injury - so it's not that.
It's college football. There are usually going to be open spots to fill and position battles. The good news is that with a fine recruiter like Urban Myer at a powerful, tradition rich school like Ohio State, there should always be plenty of blue-chip talent around to fill the void
All in all, that two-deep looks pretty good going in to the season.
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers
nor does he have a cannon for an arm.
You don't need a cannon if you can see the receivers that are open or about to be open.
Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !
I remember a game in 1968 when Ronald J. Maciejowski completed a pass to Janikowski, an the stadium announcer called the play and said, "I've been waiting all year to call that combination." The crowd loved it.
Perhaps I am a totally depraved lunatic, but I am convinced Zeke will have over 1200 yards rushing this year, barring injury.
We have lots of rushing yards to distribute when you consider we lost two 1,000 yard rushers. The question in my mind is whether Rod Smith, Dontre Wilson, or someone else will step up to make a second 1,000 yard rusher on this team.
It is now Game Week. Go Buckeyes. Beat the Naval Academy.
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ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhh!!! there's a lot of talent in the defensive backfield - I am excited to see these guys make plays
I like football
Does anyone know what happened with Devan Bogard? Did he get injured again and I missed it? I know he moved to LB last year and was thought to have a very high ceiling. He was the earliest to get his stripe removed as a freshman and looked like one of those guys that was going to play very early. I recall him being a terror on a few special teams plays last year, but have heard nothing about him this year.
The offense seems to get the publicity, but I think the defense is more important this year to see if the team will compete with the big boys. Playing only 1 team in the top 25 means the Bucks need to win every game. A great defense can do it.
i like the idea of having the teams strongest player (billy price) starting at center. i watched chad lindsay play in 3 or 4 games last year for alabama and he's not very good. if lindsay gets the start at center, that's not a good sign IMO.
since barrett's range is about 35-40 yards (gulp), i like big possession receiver mike thomas to replace devin smith - there's no way to get smith the ball deep if barrett can't throw farther than 40 yards (he can't), might as well get thomas in there to out muscle anyone and keep the chains moving.
i hope we see cardale jones and the fastest wr's on the team all line up and take the lid off the defense. just let cardale launch a couple downfield to whoever outruns the secondary. dude can throw 60-70 yards no prob.
i don't like the idea of 285lb michael bennet at NT, that doesn't make sense...
“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice
First: OSU will not be relying on the "Big Play" IMO, Barrett doesn't need to chuck it a mile, he needs to be smart,accurate, and most importantly consistent. Love Devin Smith, but gone are the bombs, I think we see a more balanced offense, with more short/intermediate throws...let the athletes be athletes
Second: You're telling me that an All American canidate (and favorite I believe) shouldn't be playing the position he's been playing for...well, um since hes started. True he may not be the biggest guy ever, but ask Nick Bosa how much size matters when you use fantastic technique. Micahel is quick off the ball, uses his hands very well and understands leverage
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Let's just get this thing going.... I'm baaaaaccccckkkkkkk
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I realize you have reeves OR apple, but I'd have Apple in bold... also.. IMO if billy price is NOT a starter on this OL then we don't have any OL problems. Billy will start at guard. I think he might be the second best OL(right now) on this team.. jmo.
Mark May is an alien.
I just like seeing that kind of defensive depth. I love #5 but sometimes it's better for a team to have a distributor instead of superstar at quarterback. I know #5 will come and do amazing things but it will be cool to see