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10 Things You May Not Have Known about OSU’s Depth Chart

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you read The-Ozone on a daily basis, this story may not be for you.

If our Front Page is bookmarked on all your computers, and the backgrounds are all Ohio State photos taken by Jim Davidson, this may not be for you.

However, if you don’t check the site daily—or five times daily—there are a number of minor details that may have escaped you when it comes to Ohio State’s post-spring depth chart.

Many of those details will ultimately have minor consequence on the 2012 football season, but some could have a lasting affect on Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus.

Here are 10 Things You May Not Have Known about Ohio State’s Depth Chart.

Jamaal Berry
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Jamaal Berry

1. RB Jaamal Berry was dismissed from the OSU football team in January while he awaited the conclusion of his legal issues. Just in case you were looking for him on the depth chart, he is no longer with the team.

2. The same goes for CB Dominic Clarke, which explains why sophomore Doran Grant is listed as a co-starter with Travis Howard. Clarke started all three games while Howard was suspended last year, but his exit opened the door for Grant to take the No. 3 CB spot.

3. Senior Reid Fragel, who started the Gator Bowl at TE, moved to offensive line after the bowl game. That probably explains why Fragel is listed as the No. 1 right tackle after spending his first three seasons backing up Jake Stoneburner at TE.

Darryl Baldwin
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Darryl Baldwin

4. Redshirt sophomore Darryl Baldwin made a similar transition, moving from defensive line to offensive tackle this off-season. Baldwin saw limited time in the d-line rotation last year, but with all the talent they have coming in, the coaches felt he would have the best chance to help them at offensive tackle.

5. Senior DE Nathan Williams did not participate in spring practice. He has been out since undergoing microfracture knee surgery during last season, but is expected to start running in June. He is listed as a co-started at DE with Adam Bellamy, and they are just hoping to have him back in the fall.

6. WR Verlon Reed took part in limited activity this spring. He is also coming off a knee injury, and did not partake in team drills, but should be full go for the start of fall camp. He is listed as the backup to Evan Spencer, who missed the end of camp with a shoulder injury.

Verlon Reed
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Verlon Reed

7. Senior LB Storm Klein missed most of spring practice with a knee injury, but it looks like Curtis Grant showed enough in the spring to move ahead of Klein heading into fall camp. This doesn’t seem like one where Klein is going to get his starting spot back unless something happens to Grant.

8. The Buckeyes have a number of options at RB, but Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde separated themselves from the pack during spring. Hall will likely be used in Meyer’s ‘pivot’ role, while Hyde could be their top ball-carrier this fall. Rod Smith and Bri’onte Dunn are still in the mix, according to RB’s coach Stan Drayton.

9. DB’s Zach Domicone and Jamie Wood both missed spring practice following off-season surgery. They should be back for the fall, but will definitely come in as third-team guys behind Orhian Johnson and Corey Brown.

10. The big man, Chris Carter, moved from offensive guard to defensive nose tackle during spring camp. He wasn’t quite cut out to play offensive guard in Meyer’s new system, but has shown flashes at nose guard. He is a massive body, but Meyer said he will only get a chance to contribute if he can get his weight down even further.

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