Redshirt Forecast Part 3: Look for Me Next Year
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — We began our redshirt forecast with a look at the guys who are all but certain to see the field in 2011.
Yesterday we looked at the rookies who might work their way onto the field this fall.
But what about the ones who won’t?
Whether it’s a matter of injuries, too much depth at their position or just not being ready, there are a number of players from the freshman class who seem destined for a redshirt this fall.
Here is a look at the rookies who likely won’t see the field until next season.
Photo by Dan Harker
DE Kenny Hayes (Toledo Whitmer) — Barring injury, it looks like Hayes might be the odd man out in the group of freshmen vying to be in the mix up front this fall. He has great size and athleticism, but the Buckeyes have a lot of depth on their defensive line this fall. Even without a healthy Melvin Fellows or Solomon Thomas, Hayes has been working primarily as the third-team defensive end this fall. He flashed some talent during the jersey scrimmage, but right now he looks like a guy who will see a redshirt in his first year.
TE Nick Vannett (Westerville Central) — It’s not completely impossible that Vannett could see the field in 2011, but right now it looks unlikely. The 6-6, 235-pound tight end has great size and excellent hands but the Buckeyes are as loaded right now as they have ever been at the position. Vannett is battling a back issue and could use a year to work on his blocking. The Buckeyes already have three talented guys ahead of him in Jake Stoneburner, Reid Fragel and classmate Jeff Heuerman, but that could change if Fragel ends up spending any time at offensive tackle.
Photo by Dan Harker
OL Chris Carter (John F. Kennedy) — There is no reason to continue harping on Carter’s shortcomings as a football player. He was a long-shot when the Buckeyes signed him out of a Cleveland city school and right now he’s in a little bit over his head. He needs to lose some weight (at least 30 pounds) and maybe then he can start to develop his footwork, but he’s been on campus for less than three months. He moved inside to guard this week and that’s probably where he is best suited to play. Better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.
DL Chase Farris (Elyria) — With such a talented defensive class coming in, Farris is probably a guy who gets left out of the mix. He has been getting reps inside and out with third-team defensive line, but probably finds a home inside now that he is up to 299 pounds. He suffered a minor knee injury in the jersey scrimmage and probably needs the 2011 season to mature.
LB Connor Crowell (Waldorf, Md.) — The only player on this list who is a 100 percent lock to redshirt in 2011 is Crowell. The 6-1, 220-pound linebacker broke his ankle during his senior year and recently had to undergo another procedure. He showed up to fall camp on crutches this past week with a cast on his foot, and he will miss his first season in Columbus.
Photo by Dan Harker
CB DerJuan Gambrell (Toledo Rogers) — Despite his unique size for the corner position, Gambrell is a year away from contributing for the Buckeyes. He is a raw talent and has spent most of the fall working with the third-team defense. Injuries to the secondary could force him into action, but otherwise he is destined for a redshirt.
DB Jeremy Cash (Plantation, Fla.) — Much like his high school teammate, Ryan Shazier, Cash had a great spring for the Buckeyes. He looked like a guy who might push to be on the field this fall, but injuries have derailed his entire camp thus far. That’s how it goes sometimes for freshmen, who can easily lose their positive momentum. With so much depth at the safety position, it’s unlikely Cash will be able to get back into the mix this fall.
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