Depth chart has few surprises

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Depth Chart Has Few Surprises
By Rob Ogden

Ohio State released its official depth chart for Saturday's season opener against Buffalo on Tuesday, and it came with very few surprises.

Chris Fields
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Chris Fields

However one slot that did come as a surprise was at the H position, where senior Chris Fields was listed as the No. 1 guy. The seldom-used Fields is best remembered for his only-career touchdown reception, a last-minute pass from Kenny Guiton against Purdue last season.

Fields is followed on the list by freshmen Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall.  More surprising than Fields' presence at the top of the list is Jordan Hall's absence from it. With Hall out much of the spring, Fields was the guy primarily used at the position, but all indications this fall were that the job belonged to Hall.

At Ohio State's media day earlier this month, coach Urban Meyer said Hall was the Buckeyes' best option at the hybrid, so it's a bit puzzling that he was completely left off at the position.

"Jordan Hall is going to be playing a lot of H," Meyer said. "He's is our best candidate to do that right now. … He gives us that spot."

With Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith each suspended for Saturday's game, maybe Meyer believes the Buckeyes will need Hall's presence at running back more so than at H. It's possible that Hall could be moved back to the H spot when Hyde returns in week four. 

Meyer said on media day that he wasn't sure whether or not Wilson was a fit for the H position, but Wilson said that's where he was recruited to play.

Freshmen Roll Call

Wilson and Marshall aren't the only true freshmen to find their names on the two-deep.

Freshman receiver James Clark is listed as the second option at the "Z" position. He's followed by junior college transfer Corey Smith.

On the defensive side of the football, freshman Eli Apple is listed as a second-teamer at the field corner slot while Gareon Conley and Cam Burrows are the backups at the boundary corner.

Vonn Bell didn't crack the two-deep at safety, but is listed as the second guy at nickel behind redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell.

Trey Johnson is the second-team guy at the Will linebacker position and fellow freshman Mike Mitchell is listed as the backup at middle linebacker along with walk-on Joe Burger.

On the defensive line, Joey Bosa is second-up at defensive end after starter Adolphus Washington, and Michael Hill is listed as a second-teamer at tackle along with Tommy Schutt.

Not Mentioned

One high-profile freshman who's name is not mentioned in the opening depth chart is running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Even with Hyde and Smith suspended, Elliott has the misfortune of being stuck among a crowded group of running backs.

Hall is listed as the first-team guy in that group, followed by sophomore Bri'onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball.

Despite not making the two-deep at his position, Elliott will play on Saturday, Meyer said.

"For sure Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott will play," he said. "Those are the ones for sure and then the other ones, depend how they practice and get going."

Depth Chart

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