Looking at Tuesday’s Depth Chart: Offense
By Brandon Castel & Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With Jordan Hall still sidelined by an injured foot, a couple of youngsters came to play during Tuesday’s practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The Buckeyes were in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) for their third practice of the fall, and they will put the full pads on for the first time on Thursday morning.
A lot is going to change before things kick off on Sept. 1, but we now have a better idea of what the Ohio State coaches are thinking about a few different spots in the two-deep.
Here is a look at our estimation of the depth chart after watching Monday’s practice. Check out our full Practice Insider on the Offense here.
5 Braxton Miller (6-3, 210, So.)
13 Kenny Guiton (6-3, 206, rJr.)
12 Cardale Jones (6-5, 226, Fr.)
*Jones finally got some reps Tuesday, but so did walk-on Justin Siems. It looks like the Buckeyes are prepared to go with two QB’s heading into the season. Miller didn’t have his best day, but he also didn’t throw it as much. He was 2-4 during the scrimmage with a long interception to Bradley Roby.
34 Carlos Hyde (6-0, 235, rSo.)
2 Rod Smith (6-3, 230, rSo.)
25 Bri’onte Dunn (6-1, 214, Fr.)
28 Warren Ball (6-2, 200, Fr.)
* With Jordan Hall out, Hyde again got the bulk of the snaps with the ones, but Smith also saw some time with the top group. Dunn probably had more carries with the twos than anyone else, and he looked good. Showed good burst on a jet sweep. Ball looked good running up the middle. Scored a couple of TDs in the red zone, but also let the ball pop loose twice.
44 Zach Boren (6-1, 246, Sr.)
49 Adam Homan (6-3, 245, Sr.)
*Boren finally saw the ball on Tuesday, and the result was a pair of touchdowns up the middle in the red zone. He looks a lot quicker than he was 20 pounds ago.
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15 Devin Smith (6-1, 196, So.)
83 Mike Thomas (6-2, 193, Fr.)
*Smith was the guy who caught Meyer’s attention Monday, but it was Thomas who stole the show on Tuesday. Easily Ohio State’s most consistent weapon on Day 3 of camp, Thomas caught just about everything that was thrown in his direction.
16 Evan Spencer (6-1, 190, So.)
29 Taylor Rice (5-10, 185, Sr.)
*Verlon Reed returned to practice Tuesday after missing Monday. He took part it drills but did not play in the 7-on-7 or 11-on-11. He would be the backup flanker when healthy, but right now Rice continues to work with the second group.
10 Corey Brown (5-11, 182, Jr.)
80 Chris Fields (6-0, 180, rJr.)
*OC Tom Herman said they aren’t sure about using Brown in the hybrid playmaker position because they don’t know if they want to run him up the middle.
11 Jake Stoneburner (6-5, 245, rSr.)
81 Nick Vannett (6-6, 248, rFr.)
86 Jeff Heuerman (6-6, 247, So.)
*Stoneburner was with the first-team offense again Tuesday, but he spent most of his day doing drills with the wide receivers, not the tight ends. Vannett continues to look like the No. 2 guy behind Stoneburner, at least until they put the full pads on.
74 Jack Mewhort (6-6, 310, rJr.)
76 Darryl Baldwin (6-6, 292, rSo.)
66 Kyle Dodson (6-6, 315, Fr.)
*After struggling a little bit on Monday, Mewhort was a stalwart offensive tackle on Tuesday. It was only shells (shoulders pads and helmets), but Mewhort easily looked like the best pass-blocker on the team during one-on-one drills. That makes sense, considering they tabbed him for the starting left tackle spot, but he even held his own against John Simon.
78 Andrew Norwell (6-6, 304, Jr.)
55 Tommy Brown (6-4, 310, rFr.)
69 Eric Kramer (6-4, 285, rSo.)
*The only real change on the offensive line Tuesday was Brown moving back ahead of Kramer at the left guard spot. It will be interesting to see what happens here when some of the centers get healthy.
71 Corey Linsley (6-3, 292, rJr.)
73 Antonio Underwood (6-2, 301, So.)
50 Jacoby Boren (6-2, 283, Fr.)
60 Joey O’Connor (6-4, 295, Fr.)
*Underwood was still playing center on Tuesday, and he is getting plenty of work as both Boren and O’Connor recover from injury. Boren continued to work on the side snapping the ball during most of practice.
79 Marcus Hall (6-5, 315, rJr.)
57 Chase Farris (6-4, 285, rFr.)
64 Ivon Blackman (6-3, 310, Jr.)
*Farris continued to struggle a little bit during pass protection drills, but he’s battling. He has the size and quickness to be an excellent guard, but it’s been a while since he played offensive line.
68 Taylor Decker (6-8, 313, Fr.)
77 Reid Fragel (6-8, 298, Sr.)
67 Ben St. John (6-3, 277, So.)
*Although Fragel started the day at right tackle, it was Decker who saw more time with the first group on Tuesday. Fragel has proven to be an excellent run-blocker, but he doesn’t look comfortable in pass protection. He is still adjusting to a new position, but Decker looks very natural protecting the QB. Meanwhile, St. John injured an ankle during a blocking drill, but he later returned.
Depth Chart Comments: Defense
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