Real Pod Wednesdays: Previewing Ohio State’s Spring Position Battles

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on February 15, 2023 at 11:10 am
Jordan Hancock

There will be no shortage of position battles to watch when Ohio State takes the field for spring practices in just a few weeks.

On this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays – following another brief discussion about the continuing collapse of Ohio State basketball – we look ahead to the 10 biggest position battles that will take place during Ohio State’s 15 practices this spring and project which players could come out of those battles with starting jobs or more playing time.

The full rundown for this week’s show:

  • 0:37: Will Ohio State men’s basketball win another game this year? We’re starting to wonder
  • 5:12: Handicapping the quarterback competition between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown
  • 10:29: Four offensive tackles will vie for starting jobs this spring, but Ohio State could still add transfer help
  • 15:11: Victor Cutler is the likely favorite at center, but Carson Hinzman is a challenger to watch
  • 18:26: Davison Igbinosun will face real competition from Jordan Hancock, Jyaire Brown and Jermaine Mathews for No. 2 cornerback job
  • 24:26: There’s a bunch of different combinations Ohio State could go with at safety
  • 32:27: Ohio State’s starting wide receivers are set, but there’s a lot of talented receivers vying for playing time behind them
  • 38:59: Development as blockers could determine No. 2 tight end competition between Gee Scott Jr. and Joe Royer
  • 44:59: Second-year defensive linemen Caden Curry, Hero Kanu, Kenyatta Jackson and Omari Abor vying for playing time
  • 50:11: C.J. Hicks, other linebackers will look to prove this spring that they belong in the defensive rotation
  • 54:10: Ohio State could have a three- or four-way competition to replace Noah Ruggles at kicker

You can listen to this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays in the audio player at the top of the page. RPW is also available on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and other podcast streaming platforms.

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