Ohio State Depth Chart: Updated Two-Deep Projection After One Week Of Spring Practice

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blocko330's picture

I tend to agree with just about all of it except I think Okudah takes either Sheffield/Arnette's spot.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Pretty much what it will be unless injuries. A lot of talented depth. Baron Browning to me is a guy that is not coming off the field. 

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goodlifesean's picture

Agreed on Browning. When you played everything from a DE to a safety your senior year, you are too talented

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BTBuckeye's picture

Damn it's great to be a buckeye

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DibbleDabble's picture

Predicted depth chart is comical at best. Seriously, no J.T. Barrett?  C'mon..

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Wow, Buckeyes, Wow. It will be great.

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buckzilla1's picture

Gawdamitey. Zone 6 is just stupid loaded. How many NFL guys will come out of this unit? 6 maybe 7?

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Buckeye Jack's picture

McLaurin, Campbell, Mack, Harris, Hill, McCall, and Dixon look like solid NFL prospects - that's 7

Victor and Saunders will likely step it up - makes 9. And there are others that may break out in seasons to come.

Many of us would not be surprised to see 11 get drafted in the next few years from this WR room. 

Zone6, with rotating WR's, will have 1000+ yards at all 3 WR positions this season

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Buckeye Jack's picture

Still clinging to the "Zone6 sucks" argument, Shawn? Good luck with that. 

At least 4 from Zone6 will get drafted in 2019. Zach is having unprecedented success helping WR's make their way into the NFL. Absolutely unprecedented.

Zone6, with rotating WR's, will have 1000+ yards at all 3 WR positions this season

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shawn kemps kids's picture

I have never made, or clung, to the "Zone6 sucks" argument. I have, in fact, done the opposite and defended Zone6 and Coach Smith. Wanna try again?

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BuckeyeJim's picture

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BrutusB's picture

So basically every single WR we have, plus a walk-on.   Sure thing dude.

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McGrind's picture

NFL always on the lookout for second string holders....

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TraptnMI's picture

Saunders to the Pats fo sho

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Maka's picture

McLaurin and Dixon has not been consistent enough to be considered "solid nfl prospects" IMO. Hill(and Saunders) has consistent hands but I dont see the speed or elusiveness. Harris, Victor and Mack have the NFL size and talent...they just have to prove it more on the field. Campbell runs a sub 4.4 forty and has production at the college level therefor is the only one strongly considered a "solid nfl prospect" right now. 

As we have been saying for well over a year...this season will tell us everything we need to know about coach Smith and Zone 6. Instead of having 4-6 guys with 20-30 receptions and 300-500 yards, I want 2 guys to step up and dominate their position. Dont care who. Campbell will push for AA honors, that leaves Mack, Victor or Harris to show America we have a run dominated offense with downfield threats that stretch the field, making us virtually impossible to stop. 

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Buckeye Jack's picture

I want 2 guys to step up and dominate their position. 

You want coach Meyer to resign? That's the ONLY way you'll get rid of rotating WR's.

And Dixon? 8 TD's on only 18 receptions. 24.4 yards per receptions - that's off the charts.

McLaurin was likely to go mid to late rounds in a the 2018 draft. Smart move on his part to log another year. All-around solid WR.

90% of a Wide Receiver's skill-set has NOTHING to do with catching a ball. That's why the NFL loves Ohio State WR's. They are developed as complete ball players. Not prima donna show boats (who can only run a route and catch a ball, and little else}.

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BrutusB's picture

Looking at a guy with 18 receptions and saying his production is off the charts is certainly a special kind of optimism, I'll give you that.

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Buckeye Jack's picture

Yes. 8 TDs and 24 yards per reception on 18 catches IS off the charts. I've searched the records, and can't find anything close to that kind of production on 18 catches. Not Dixon's fault that he got so damned few targets. He lit it up with the opportunities he got.

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Tyvis'sGrandpa's picture

I think what BrutusB was trying to say is that if Dixon was such a beast, he would have DEMANDED more targets than the other receivers, regardless of Urb's system

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Buckeye Jack's picture

he would have DEMANDED 

Yeah. That's the ticket. lol 

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Maka's picture

Really? Because I dont remember Michael Thomas being part of a rotation. Pretty sure he dominated the position. To put in another way....when dating you only use a rotation when you are dating 6s and 7s. Once you find that 9 or 10 you hold onto her a little longer. 

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bucknut1994's picture

Hell I wouldn't rule out somebody here on 11w getting drafted either. Absolutely unprecedented.

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Buckeye Jack's picture

Let's look at the last 3 NFL draft's then. 6 WR's drafted in 3 seasons from Zach Smith's WR room is ABSOLUTELY unprecedented. No question about it.

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Buckeye Jack's picture

Stay tuned. Buckeye WRs will continue to be drafted in unprecedented numbers. Everybody knows it. Could not possibly be more obvious.

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bucknut1994's picture

You give a Zach Smith 3 years to coach up Sharma and he might go top 10. 

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Buckeye Jack's picture

Sharma will make 8 figures in corporate partnerships alone in 2018. Sharma will stick with golf. No disrespect. Just a business decision.

BTW, Sharma qualified for the Dell-World Golf Championship match play to be held next week - top 64 ranked WGC players...  Somehow, Sharma [and Zone6] will muddle through without the validation of Bucknut1994 and his keyboard cronies.

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shawn kemps kids's picture

I genuinely don't know but how much did Curtis Samuel work with Zach Smith? 

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Buckeye Jack's picture

From Ari Wasserman, Cleveland.com 

Like what position is Samuel? 

"I don't know," Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith said Sunday. "He's Curtis. He's a wideout, he's a receiver. The H-receiver, whatever you want to call it, he's a hybrid. He meets with me, he sits in my room and I coach him."

Samuel came to OSU as an RB. He was moved to the WR room after his Freshman season. He remained in Zach's room. He was a typical Urban Meyer H-Back (not too different from the old Slot Receiver position)

Samuel was invited to the combine as a WR, was drafted as a WR, and plays WR for the Panthers. He has had 4 rushes as a pro - all were WR reverses.

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Samuel was invited to the combine as a WR, was drafted as a WR, and plays WR for the Panthers. He has had 4 rushes as a pro - all were WR reverses.

None of that really answers or has anything to do with my question. Julian Edelman was drafted as a WR and plays WR for the Patriots. But he was a QB in college.

Appreciate the response though. Through my own research, it looks like he split time. I mean, why else was Alford constantly talking about Samuel's practices in 2015 and 2016 and why was he listed a co-starter at RB and HB for the CFP game against Clemson?

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Buckeye Jack's picture

 Zach Smith's direct quote - "He's a wideout, he's a receiver. The H-receiver, whatever you want to call it, he's a hybrid. He meets with me, he sits in my room and I coach him."

Above is Zach Smith's quote (you know... the guy you support).  Zach says he was Samuel's coach -  good enough for me. No doubt, Alford had significant instruction for Samuel, when required, but Smith was his position coach, and Samuel worked out of the WR room. (never the QB room like Edelman)

And CS was listed on the official roster as an H-Back, but Meyer's H-Backs have always worked out of the WR room. They're basically slot receivers who run mostly sweeps and reverses from the slot.

Zone6, with rotating WR's, will have 1000+ yards at all 3 WR positions this season

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Above is Zach Smith's quote (you know... the guy you support).

Yes, you already pointed out that quote. You seem to repeat yourself, and others, a lot. You must have a bad memory or something. So because I found out Samuel worked out of both the RB and WR room I....somehow don't support Zach Smith? Surely that's what you're implying otherwise you wouldn't have even mentioned it.

No doubt, Alford had significant instruction for Samuel

 And I have already said he worked out of both rooms during 2015 and 2016. Why are you repeating both yourself and myself?

(never the QB room like Edelman)

Yup, no one said Samuel worked out of the QB room. 

And CS was listed on the official roster as an H-Back. but Meyer's H-Backs have always worked out of the WR room. 

He was also on the official depth chart as co-starter HB and co-starter RB. 

 They're basically slot receivers who run mostly sweeps and reverses from the slot.

Are you trying to say Curtis Samuel's rushing touches mostly came from sweeps and reveres from the slot?! Oh boy, your memory really is bad! Let's go to the tape. We can check more games, if you're interested. Let's see, 7 rushing attempts per the ESPN.com box score. In the video there's 6 rushing attempts out of the backfield, 2 passes out of the backfield and from the slot......only 2 sweeps, one of which ended up counting as a pass, and 0 reverses. So much for your theory.

 

I'm glad we cleared that up. Zach Smith is a hell of a recruiter and a good WR coach who did a great job helping get Smith, Brown, Thomas and Marshall into the NFL. However it's disingenuous to give him full credit at developing both Braxton Miller, who worked under Smith for a max of 8 months and was drafted based on his athleticism more than anything else, and Curtis Samuel, who clearly split time at RB and HB and was drafted in large part for his versatility. Just because I'm realistic and not a homer doesn't mean I don't support one of OSU's coaches.
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Buckeye Jack's picture

Urban Meyer created the H-Back position at Notre Dame as a device to get an exceptional WR in the line-up - as a 4th receiver. And specifically to get the ball to their most explosive playmaker, wide receiver David Givens. (Givins was drafted as, and played in the NFL as a wide receiver.)

Here's an excerpt from an article on the evolution of Meyer's H-Back position - which Meyer first devised when he felt he had failed as a coach because their best playmaker was getting almost no touches:

From Ben Axelrod
"It's hard to get receivers the ball," Meyer said. "If they roll up on you or double you, you can't get them the ball."

That, however, wouldn't stop Meyer from trying, especially considering that in his words, Givens was Notre Dame's "best player." The result was a strategy that didn't rely on Givens to just catch passes but to get the ball in his hands by any means necessary" 
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2567319-the-evolution-of-urban-meyers...

Meyer used the same tactic at BGSU, Utah, and Florida. i.e. use the 2nd RB position as a slot-back to get 4 receivers in the game. And the best playmaker could be handed the ball, or pitched the ball, or popped the ball far more easily than thrown the ball from a traditional passing scheme. It is a way of getting the most dynamic wide receiver the ball on almost 100% of the rushing attempts - using your video, contrast that with the 40% success rate JT had in passing the ball to Samuel in the Michigan game - 4 completions in 10 attempts.

OK, "sweep" was a lazy (and very old school) way of saying running the ball out around, or just inside the corner back (or other edge contain guy).  How many times do we see an Urban Meyer H-Back run between the tackles? Very, very seldom. Running backs specialize in that - not UFM H-Backs.

While I don't doubt that a depth chart listed Samuel as an RB, the official Ohio State roster for 2015 and 2016 list him as an H-Back.

And as to Braxton Miller - No one got more one-on-one attention from Zach than Miller in his transition year. There's a lot more to playing WR than just being a great athlete. Miller made the tough transition, kudos to him. But he had a lot of help from Zach and the rest of the WR room. 

All of Meyer's H-Backs (who were drafted) have been drafted as wide receivers. None were drafted as running backs. Campbell will be drafted as a wide receiver as well. Bank on it.

Not saying you are making a passive aggressive attempt at minimizing Zach's accomplishments in getting Buckeye receivers into the NFL. But if you were, it would look a lot like what you've written above.

Zone6, with rotating WR's, will have 1000+ yards at all 3 WR positions this season

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analyticalguy's picture

This coming season will be very telling - especially for the 5th year seniors. (How's that for a prediction?)

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

This season will be very telling about the passing game, in particular @ the QB position.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Sorry but after two spring practices, a freshman TE who won't even be on campus for three more months has already jumped ahead of Farrell and Hausmann? I get that this is a projeection and know everyone's high on Ruckert, including me, but I have to call bullsh*t on that.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Farrell will be the backup TE. I think thats fan hype.

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Estrada's picture

I agree.  I get that people are super impressed by the kid's skill set, but in this offense being a TE means you NEED to be able to block.  A true freshman without the benefit of spring practices will not be physical enough to surpass the kids in front of him (who were both well regarded out of HS, not as highly regarded but they were still 4 star recruits).

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danmas's picture

Steve Wilfong says Ruckert is an excellent blocker and demonstrated that at the all-star games he played in and practices.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

By his own admission, Ruckert said blocking is something he needs to work on. And beating another 18 year old high school senior in 1:1 drills is a long, long way from getting the best of a 21 year old OLB or DE in a real game. He’s not had to line up against Nick Bosa or Chase Young yet so let’s make sure we’re keeping the cart in front of the horse.

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tajikey's picture

let’s make sure we’re keeping the cart in front of the horse.

Um, I'm not sure that's how the saying goes. 

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Doug James's picture

I call bs on some other predictions as well.   For example, I absolutely hate it that this writer AGAIN says Burrow transferring.  This writer likely has A) very little idea how much work/investment Burrow has put nto Ohio State football and   B) very little any real insight on Burrow v. Haskin or Tate.  This writer is not watching the crucial practices, workouts, etc.

Tired of it.

Show some respect and common courtesy to the young man Burrow, please.

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Moneymike's picture

everybody in the know is saying haskins will start and burrow will transfer. I swear I don't understand this cult following for burrow

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Doug James's picture

Have you watched Burrow play ?  He's freakin good.

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TigerSweat's picture

No, but I watched Haskins step into the biggest game of the season and help pull out the W under intense pressure. That's good enough for me.

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TigerSweat's picture

I'm with you... Hell, even coach Meyer mentioned conversations having taken place between himself, Joe and family about a possible transfer. There hasn't been a starter declared just yet but it's hard to see a scenario (that doesn't include injury) in which Haskins doesn't get the nod. If that happens - burrow will transfer.

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Rjpfish2's picture

I thought the same thing, but how good are Farrell and Hausmann really? Both were highly touted recruits and yet both have been leapfrogged by Berry, who may be an athletic freak but is still a converted DE.

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SilverHaven's picture

Sheesh, but what do the coaches say?

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Nutinpa's picture

They've been posting in this thread --  haven't you been paying attention?  :-) 

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buckzilla1's picture

Zingggggggg! Funny of the month winner.+1

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martin anderson's picture

There's still a lot of competition for a lot of positions

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SilverHaven's picture

Touche, Nut, my point exactly.

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TxBuckeye5's picture

I expect Antwuan Jackson to push hard for and potentially take over Davon Hamilton's spot in the DT rotation. Think he has a great chance to break out under LJ's tutelage 

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Vabuck213's picture

I was going to say the same thing. He might even push BB for the starting role because of his size vs BB. Might help to have BB come in in a limited role and keep him fresh and not get worn down over the course of the game. Jackson was a stud that everybody wanted coming out of HS and I think he is going to remind everybody why this fall. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

I think he is a starter by game 2-3, if not before...

as I don't think he came to OSU to sit the bench...

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BornAndBredABuck's picture

I agree-- as, apparently, does everyone else. Antwuan is going to blow the depth chart up.

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Buckabroad's picture

That is a damn impressive roster. 

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Mortc15's picture

“Starting holder” made me laugh more than it should’ve. 

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ChristopherBarnhouse's picture

Binjimen Victor needs to start holding onto the ball. I like his height, but his hands need work.

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Nutinpa's picture

Victor needs to prove that he is an exception to the Cooper-ism.....that "if a dog is gonna bite, he'll bite as a pup".   Otherwise, it's a crowded zone 6 meeting room for that young man.

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Extramedium's picture

He needs to start fighting for the ball a bit more too.  I saw him get out-muscled by DBs a few times on very catchable balls

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BrutusB's picture

Feels like we've been waiting for him to breakout forever.  All of a sudden his career is half over.

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Hovenaut's picture

Still some attrition to be had (three over at present?), but agree - this is a formidable lineup.
 

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BrutusB's picture

The gentle nudging by the coaches (ie, forced transfers) will likely be guys not listed above who didn't even crack the 2-deep.

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Hovenaut's picture

Hate to see (read about) but that's life in major college football.

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TurboNut's picture

Very blessed with talent at Ohio State! These are good problems to have and I'm sure the coaches will make the right decisions. Go Bucks! 

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

Well I certainly hope to see someone shake up the receiving corp.  That is a very suspect group who have seriously underperformed for several seasons now.  I still have hope for Mack breaking out as a genuine star and Hill is solid, but I have lost any hope that McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell will ever be anything more then run of the mill receivers.  Campbell was the guy who I rooted for from the moment he sighed, but it has become clear he is a bolt of lighting with hands of stone.  Victor I am reserving judgment for the time being.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

And yet the perceived “run of the mill” and older WRs could not be unseated by certain 5 stars, one of which who took his ball and went home.

I’ll reserve my judgement on WR play, as I await the exciting changing of the guard @ QB position, growing pains and all.

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Extramedium's picture

I'm really not sure what anyone expects to see from a loaded WR corps on a run first spread team.  Most of the "run of the mill" guys would be the stand-outs on other teams around the big ten.  There will definitely be more passing this season no matter who the starting QB is, but from a statistical standpoint they will continue to "underperform" before being drafted I'm afraid.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

Agreed!  Hell, Ridley and/or Kirk wouldn’t be who they are and on their way to the NFL if they were WRs in this offense.

Nobody really knew what Thomas was capable of until after he left OSU, where’s he’s produced consistently for his first two years.

I’m not comparing the current guys to M Thomas, but I’m not ruling any of them out as not being capable of playing in the NFL.

Harris/Victor/Mack May have the size; some of the others have speed.  And like it or not, the NFL also pays for speed.

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tcm1968's picture

QB/Center relationship is a pretty big deal. Would be nice to have Meyers win the job at center and then we most likely have a QB/Center combo for at least 2 years. Love that potential consistency.

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Blockandtackle's picture

I'm pleased that Myers name is being thrown around in the 2-deep.  Given the film on Wyatt Davis and Myers' slow move to get his stripe removed, led me to believe that Davis would be moved to center this year until Matt Jones got a year in the system, at which time Davis would move back to his natural guard position.  Just goes to show that it's almost impossible to guess the trajectory of 18-year old young men.

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Canukbuck's picture

I noticed that Demario McCall actually bulked up an extra 2 lbs from his 193 lbs. as a kick returner, just so he could handle those heavier hits as a 195 lb. punt returner !!

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Dan Hope's picture

Good catch, haha. His actual listed weight is 193 lbs, and the chart has been updated to reflect that.

ZekeWeberDobbins's picture

Any thoughts on our o line?
 will it be top 10 as per usual? 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I'd rather see Arnette as a situational/nickel corner, personally.

I really hope the WRs buried on the roster right now come out guns a blazing in spring and push for playing time.

OL isn't a surprise, Knox earned his spot last year for sure.

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I wouldn't sleep on Harris at wide out. I don't think Victor has the breakout season most are expecting. 

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Dan Hope's picture

I think that's a reasonable prediction. If anyone replaces any of the returning top six in the rotation this year, I think the most likely candidate would be Harris replacing Victor in the X rotation. I'm not ready to project that right now – because I think Victor has too much potential to write off – but I do think that's a realistic possibility, and it wouldn't shock me.

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Didn’t Urban say last year that Victor is the most talented WR he’s had?

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I'm not entirely sure that Urban said that exact quote, but I also wouldn't rule it out either. I know Urban spoke highly of Harris after day one of spring practice this year. I'm not sure where you're getting that info, unless it's from last year. I am not writing Victor off as a productive player this year, but I'm not saying he's OSU's best wide out (that's for sure). 

After last year, I'd say Harris is chomping at the bit to get in. And if Victor does not produce, as he hasn't the last two years, then I'd say Harris has a serious shot at taking the X position. Victor better step it up and prove he's worth the hype. 

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Sideshow's picture

Thanks for your response. Your question made me look it up. Here's an article from June '17 where Urban states (re: Victor): 

"Watching what Victor was capable of doing last year and this spring, Urban Meyer doesn’t get hung up on the lack of production because he sees what Victor can become.

'He’s as talented as any (receiver) I’ve ever coached,' Meyer said this spring."

https://theozone.net/2017/06/binjimen-victor-talented-urban-meyer/

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Sideshow's picture

So he isn't THE most talented WR he's ever had, but he's AS talented as any WR he's ever coached. I was close. Anyway, interesting ot follow his development this year. Hopefully, he takes his game up a few notches.

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MY POP OSU Band Member 1940's's picture

I just don't feel it with this team.  Maybe it's just the same old hype that has gone know where since 2014.

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buckslan's picture

Maybe the 2014 season over inflated your expectations so much that 12 win seasons are starting to become unenjoyable and meaningless. Seems to be happening to a lot of OSU fans.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Seems to be happening to a lot of OSU fans.

Just the fairweather fans who were nowhere to be found during the 2011 season.

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Maka's picture

God I cant wait till football season starts! Lets go!

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CamelBuck88's picture

Story is Munford. Late get from a commitment stand point and showing he can start as a true sophomore and played well as a true freshman. Gonna be another good one for a couple of years.

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weave73's picture

I think the LB 2 deep is going to look more like this:

M - 1. Browning 2. Borland

S - 1. Harrison 2. Werner

W - 1. Jones 2. Hilliard

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Nobody is unseating Borland. They moved Browning outside.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Love seeing Gill listed for backup KO duties.  That kid is just sick out in space. 

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buckslan's picture

Zone 6 will be able to showcase to the best of their abilities what they got with Haskins or Burrow throwing the ball to them. I don't think they're as bad as some OSU fans want to believe they are, they just haven't been able to really showcase what they got.

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ZekeWeberDobbins's picture

It's hard to wow OSU fans when your zone six consisted of elite deep ball threats in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.. 

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

And when those deepball skills were best showcased on the arm of Cardale Jones!

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ZekeWeberDobbins's picture

we hit more 40+ yard passes with Barrett per game avg than we did with cardale in 2015 season.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

Devin Smith was drafted AS MUCH for his 3 game showing in the title run of 2014 than anything; he was gone in 2015.

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Kinda surprised (and kinda not) not seeing Matt Burrell listed anywhere on the OL depth chart...

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Dan Hope's picture

Simply not enough spots on the two-deep to put all the interior offensive linemen who probably belong on it. Was tough to leave Wyatt Davis off, too. It's possible Bowen could move back outside and be the backup right tackle, which could open up a spot for one of them, but between Burrell, Davis, Myers and Pridgeon (with Burrell and Myers both being candidates to play either center or guard), at least one of them is likely to be without a spot on the two-deep.

letsgobucks's picture

Every time I see a 2 deep with Amir Riep not in it (especially behind a freshman who isnt even on campus yet) my eyes roll so far behind my head I can see when ichigan was actually good. Other than that, I mostly agree. Go Bucks!

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letsgobucks's picture

And thank you for moving Bowen from the starting left tackle spot... that drove me nuts last month. lol

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buckslan's picture

Josh Proctor was more highly touted coming out of HS than Riep was. Plus Riep spent his first season playing corner back.

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letsgobucks's picture

High school is over now. Riep has a year of experience in the program and has shown in limited action he's a player. Not to mention the safety reps he's getting in the spring. And its not like riep was a 2 star.. i like proctor but riep gets the spot in the 2 deep..

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Seattle Linga's picture

Great seeing Haskell in the mix - kid will make some noise this year. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Wish we'd leave Campbell back there returning kicks.  Dude was one of the best in the nation until he got hurt and replaced.  His speed and strides allow him to cover ground fast.  One broken tackle or good cut and he's at least at, around, or past the 50 yd line.  Either way, excited to see McCall have the ball in his hands more.

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McGrind's picture

Take this bet any day of the week...Paris is a track guy in pads. Hasn’t taken one to the house for a reason...lacks the great football vision/instincts. Urb loves him I know...but Run DMC is a different breed of cat. If he  healthy...he will score on a return. 

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Hoping you're right.  We've seen what McCall can do against 2nd/3rd stringers.  Campbell was 2nd in the Nation at over 36 yards per kick return before he got injured and ultimately replaced.

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BuckeyeCrusdader's picture

Ok man.. Parris averaged 36 yards per kickoff return last season when he was returning kicks.. that had him firmly in the top 5 in the country. Parris returned multiple kicks into the opponents redzone the past 2 years. You've barely seen DMC play college football.. he hasn't played any meaningful minutes and hasn't returned any kickoffs in college... so what makes you so sure? The only reason Parris is not returning kicks is to stay healthy.. Parris was the best kickoff returner we have had since Tedd Ginn Jr.. he was also a track guy in pads.. Get educated before you post. I am hoping to see DMC do well but your post is beyond ridiculous.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Seeming to think Campbell getting those head injuries was the reason he no longer returns kicks.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Woody trolling the SEC.

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buckslan's picture

That's correct. Parris suffered a concussion against Nebraska early in the game and sat out the rest of the game and the following bye week, came back against Penn State the next week and got another concussion early in that game, and they (thankfully) decided to take him off kick returns. 2 separate concussions 2 weeks apart is obviously very serious.

As dynamic as a kick returner he was, he won't be returning kicks anymore as the kick returner is probably the most concussion-likely position on the team.

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Rocket Man's picture

I can't wait for the season to begin!

"Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad."

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Schwaan's picture

QB   1. Burrow

        2. Haskins

        3. Martell

Burrow is going nowhere folks!

Schwaan

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DibbleDabble's picture

1. Burrow

"Vision without execution is just hallucination."

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Moneymike's picture

hope you dont have a meltdown when he transfers

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motobuckeye's picture

Although it doesn’t matter what I think, I really hope Okudah starts over Arnette.  And to that point, I hope Wade passes Arnette on the depth chart.

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OSU069's picture

I hope Okudah earns a starting spot and Wade also gets a lot of playing time. 

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BucksHave7's picture

Run the table and National Champs BABY!!!!   

BucksHave7

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I'd pump the brakes on that...

Many were saying that until OU and Iowa happened last year...

One game at a time. Beat the Beavers! 

It is time!!!!!

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BucksHave7's picture

You believe what you want, I believe what I want.  Agreed 1 game at a time.

Our WRs are all studs and proven.  2 stud RBs that are proven.  DW3's upside is higher than JTs. 

And Our D as a whole will be better than last years.

BucksHave7

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CowCat's picture

Dobbins vs. Weber is the hardest one for me to call.

Dobbins has an elusiveness and vision that you just can't teach. He's super dangerous if he gets outside.Weber can bowl people over. He's one of the fastest players on the team and he's a great blocker in the passing game.

Assuming Haskins is the QB, I think it will come down to which RB complements Haskins' style the best.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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NapervilleBuck's picture

"which RB complements Haskins' style the best."

This is funny.  A player dictating Urban's offensive "philosophy/style".

#TeamTate

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ChazBuckeye's picture

+1 for you CowCat!

This, at least in my opinion, will be the glaring difference in a Haskins ran offense compared to a JT offense. The ability to open up the run because of the Qb's ability to stretch the D hasn't been seen since 2014 and post season of 2015. IMHO, this year could be just as explosive as that year (if not more so than 2014). Should be fun to watch.

It is time!!!!!

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McGrind's picture

If the O-line jells, can’t see this team not winning the B1G. A healthy Dobbins and Weber will be to much for all but a natty level defense to contain. No concern at all about the QB...just manage the game and let the receivers YAC it up. 

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

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allinosu's picture

If the LBs step up I think they are a real NC threat although running the table is hard.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

I would like to see the depth projection chart for the “Hype Train” team!

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countrybuckeye's picture

(specific position) 1A — on-campus freshman

(specific position) 1B — June arrival freshman

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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Tyvis'sGrandpa's picture

Pray to god that Munford 2018 isn't Prince 2016

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

The only thing I predict are all the fans jumping off buildings when experienced upperclassmen start over freshmen and people accuse Urban of playing favorites.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Woody trolling the SEC.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

SCARLETANDGRAY, shall we invest in landing mats.  Lol! I imagine the profit will be aplenty!

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stpetebuck's picture

Just an observation and question for the moderator:

 osu seems to have a higher than normal number  of shoulder injuries. 

How does this compare to other off seasons?

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