I believe that as well.
The SEC used to (and perhaps still does) allow 2-year scholarship offers, so that after two year the school could simply pull the scholarship. That sucks.
In some cases I believe Ohio State pulls a fifth year. I'm ok with that. The school is/should be obligated to the player for 4 years of education, not education until eligibility is used up.
Letting a player know where he stands and helping him figure out options is a good thing. Some guys may just want to play for the Buckeyes, but most simply want to PLAY. Period. If a guy can help the team, he will be playing; otherwise he won't. If he want s to see the field, then a transfer is in everyone's best interest.
And even if we fans don't know what's going on behind the scenes, the staff does. They likely know with some degree of certainty what spots will be opening up, and make offers accordingly. And it's worked. Pretty much every year there have been one or more scholarships offered to walk-ons, and/or late transfers in. This wouldn't be happening if the staff was needing to force players out the door to make room.
I didn't go to Ohio State either (but rather to a Big Ten associate member to the east), inheriting my Buckeye allegiance from my dad and other OSU alum relatives.
Although I joined 11W in the summer of 2012, I was mostly a lurker until the following off-season when I started wading in as a commenter. I consider 11W to be one of the best-run sites (Jason, wrieres, mods) that I've seen on any topic, and the commentariat is general is pretty amazing as well.
The OP asked about a "depth chart," and doesn't that imply at least some depth? Like the guys you'd rotate in and, and the ones needed in case of injury; not necessarily a full 2-deep. Therefore (without having given enough thought to determine who'd actually start in all cases, I'd go with:
QB: Miller, Barrett (hard to leave out Jones)
RB: Elliott, Hyde
HB/WR: Thomas, Samuel, D Smith, Brown, Spencer (note: STILL not 6 guys)
TE: Heuerman, Vannett
OT: Mewhort, Decker, Jones
G/C: Price, Elflein, Norwell, Linsley
DE: Bosa, Bosa, Hubbard, Simon (hard to leave our Lewis)
DT: Hankins, Bennett, Jones, Washington
LB: Shazier, McMilllan, Lee, Perry
CB: Lattimore, Ward, Roby (too many good choices here! hard to leave our Apple, Conley)
S: Hooker, Bell, Powell (maybe Fuller ahead of Powell in another year)
Hard not to include Boren somewhere - FB? LB?
You need good role players to be a champion (as well as a couple studs). Diebler and Lauderdale were key role players in 2010-11.when the Buckeyes should have (at least) been in the Final Four. Hunter, Cook and Lighty were key role players in 2006-07 when they made the finals. Although not guaranteed, Ahrens certainly has a good chance of contributing as a role player. No, he will not be the go-to guy.
Me too. Every class needs to have 3-4 OL recruits in it, and we're sitting at just 2 this year, after getting 3 last year. It won't hurt us next year, but eventually it'll come back to bite you. However good we may feel about the guys we DID land, it's inevitable that sooner or later someone transfers, someone has a medical issue, someone leaves early for the NFL, someone gets dismissed from the team, and/or someone just doesn't develop as expected, and suddenly you're short on bodies and trying to fill the holes with first or second year players who just aren't ready. Would love another OT.
It wasn't the tats; it was Tressel lying to the NCAA, however "pure" his motives. Had Tressel & co self-reported in 2010, and disqualified the players involved for 3 games, there would have been no bowl ban at all (although the Buckeyes may have lost a game or two more while Pryor and co sat), and they would have destroyed a lesser team than Arkansas in a lesser bowl in 2010. The Buckeyes would then have been in the hunt in 2011, and possibly 2012 as well.
But with the lie to the NCAA, they were out for blood. After being 6-3, had the Buckeyes finished the year at, say, 9-3, then the self-imposed bowl ban keeping them from a good bowl game may have satisfied the NCAA that there had been adequate punishment. I'm not convinced they would have considered keeping a 6-6 team a sufficient punishment. But guess what - we'll never know for sure.
Or maybe a rub-on. My kids always liked those.
That, however, is apparently his ceiling, and you don't want to have to play a guy who will never be better than #1.
And if only Elliott hadn't been around to snap up the award (for offense) last year, it would have gone to Michael Thomas... who is from...
I never raised a question about incoming receivers, other than to wonder if that's that the other post-er thought I meant. You're entitled to your opinion, of course, but no matter what upside other players might have, I can't imagine the staff benching a player who, on the average of 4 times a game (playing just half the snaps) gets open, has the ball thrown to him and actually catches it, nor should they. They may want other receivers too who bring other abilities, but they'll want a guy on the field who has proven himself.
You missed it - he won the September version.
It likely won't even cost him anything. He probably has some trinkets he could trade.