Projected Depth Chart: Offense

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Projected Post-Camp Depth Chart: Offense

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS — The season is nearly upon us, which means Urban Meyer is gearing up for his first game as the head football coach at Ohio State.

He is also going to experience his first OSU media luncheon Monday – as apposed to Tuesday as it was in the past – and the Buckeyes are expected to release an updated depth chart following the conclusion of fall camp.

We decided to take a stab at projecting what Ohio State’s two-deep might look like heading into Miami (Ohio) game week, starting with the offense.

QUARTERBACK
5 Braxton Miller (6-3, 210, So.)
13 Kenny Guiton (6-3, 206, rJr.)
12 Cardale Jones (6-5, 226, Fr.)

* Miller is the clear No. 1, but Guiton has emerged as a strong No. 2 in the eyes of the coaches. Meyer called Jones a “non-factor” for the first 4-5 months, but he came on strong during fall camp and is one of nine freshmen to have his black stripe removed.

TAILBACK
34 Carlos Hyde (6-0, 235, Jr.)
2 Rod Smith (6-3, 230, rSo.) OR
25 Bri’onte Dunn (6-1, 214, Fr.)
28 Warren Ball (6-2, 200, Fr.)

* Hyde is also the clear No. 1 at tailback, at least until Jordan Hall recovers fully from his toe injury. That could be by week two, but Smith and Dunn have been battling for the No. 2 spot in his absence. Expect to see Dunn get some carries early in the year.

H-Back
44 Zach Boren (6-1, 246, Sr.)
49 Adam Homan (6-3, 245, Sr.)

* Boren is going to get some carries in the red zone this year, but he should also see the field a bunch as the H-back. It’s a role that can also be played by TE’s Vannett and Heuerman.

SPLIT END (X)
15 Devin Smith (6-1, 196, So.)
83 Mike Thomas (6-2, 193, Fr.)
18 Tyrone Williams (6-6, 229, rSo.)

* Despite a strong showing by Thomas, a rookie out of California, this off-season, Smith has emerged as a clear starter and the No. 2 option at wideout behind Philly Brown. Thomas should still see the field a bunch and Williams has reportedly turned the corner over the last two weeks.

FLANKER (Z)
16 Evan Spencer (6-1, 190, So.)
9 Verlon Reed (6-0, 205, rSo.)
29 Taylor Rice (5-10, 185, rSr.)

* Spencer is probably going be the starter across from Smith, but don’t be surprised to see Reed getting some opportunities now that he has fully recovered from the ACL injury.

SLOT (H)
10 Corey Brown (5-11, 182, Jr.)
80 Chris Fields (6-0, 180, rJr.)

* After opening spring practice with the twos, Brown has emerged as the No. 1 playmaker at the wideout position for Meyer this fall. He will play in the slot, but could also be moved around a bunch this season. Fields will be in the mix, and should be OSU’s No. 1 punt returner until Hall returns.

FLEX
11 Jake Stoneburner (6-5, 245, rSr.)

* Stoneburner will play a little receiver and a little tight end in the new offense, so he has really earned his own position at the flex spot. It’s doubtful anyone else will be asked to do all the things Stoneburner does this fall.

TIGHT END
81 Nick Vannett (6-6, 248, rFr.) OR
86 Jeff Heuerman (6-6, 247, So.)

* With Stoneburner playing more WR, the door is open for Vannett and Heuerman to see the field a lot more. Vannett is the a better pass-catcher right now and he’s really impressed Meyer this fall, but Heuerman is a better blocker along with being a big target down the field. Expect to see both out there this fall.

LEFT TACKLE
74 Jack Mewhort (6-6, 310, rJr.)
76 Darryl Baldwin (6-6, 292, rSo.)
66 Kyle Dodson (6-6, 315, Fr.)

* After stumbling with his off-the-field incident over the summer, Mewhort responded strongly during fall camp and locked down the starting left tackle spot for the Buckeyes. Baldwin and Dodson are both in the mix as backups, but they would probably move Decker over from the right side if something happened to Mewhort.

LEFT GUARD
78 Andrew Norwell (6-6, 304, Jr.)
55 Tommy Brown (6-4, 310, rFr.)
69 Eric Kramer (6-4, 285, rSo.)

* Norwell has adjusted well to his move from tackle to guard. He played a lot of guard last year when Mike Adams returned, but the Buckeyes are razor thin behind him. Brown is going to be listed as the backup, but Underwood is probably the No. 2 guy at both guard spots.

CENTER
71 Corey Linsley (6-3, 292, rJr.)
50 Jacoby Boren (6-2, 283, Fr.)
65 Pat Elflein (6-3, 290, Fr.)

* The Buckeyes have a bunch of guys who can play center, but not many of them were healthy during camp. Underwood actually slid over to play center with the twos, but Boren will be the backup to Linsley once he’s completely healthy.

RIGHT GUARD
79 Marcus Hall (6-5, 315, rJr.)
73 Antonio Underwood (6-2, 301, So.)
57 Chase Farris (6-4, 285, rFr.)

* It sounds like Hall has been one of the true bright spots this fall and he has locked up the starting spot at right guard. Underwood is the backup at both spots, but Farris gives them a little extra depth with his athleticism.

RIGHT TACKLE
77 Reid Fragel (6-8, 298, Sr.) OR
68 Taylor Decker (6-8, 313, Fr.)
66 Kyle Dodson (6-6, 315, Fr.)

* The battle between Fragel and Decker was one that couldn’t be settled during camp. Meyer said neither is playing at an all-Big Ten level yet, but Fragel will likely get the start in week one. He’s more experienced, but expect to see Decker out there at some point. He’s getting close to being ready.

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