Depth Chart Commentary
By Rob Ogden
Photo by Jim Davidson
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that senior Corey Brown would get the first crack at replacing the injured Christian Bryant at free safety, and the Buckeyes' latest depth chart reflects that.
Brown is listed as the starter at the position, and redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell is listed as the backup.
Sophomore Ron Tanner was previously listed as Bryant's backup, but was moved to the second-team spot behind C.J. Barnett at strong safety - a position formerly occupied by Brown.
Powell is still slotted in at the starting nickel position, which is backed-up by freshman Vonn Bell.
Meyer said Tuesday that he has a young, but mature team on defense, and again expressed what the Buckeyes lose without Bryant on the field.
"This is the one guy that I thought was an incredible leader," he said. "He's very important to me and to our staff and team. It's the worst part of the game."
Meyer said linebacker Ryan Shazier is a guy he expects to provide leadership in Bryant's absence.
"This is a shot now, this is a real one" he said. "That's why I was so emotional in the post game. There's no secret formula. Someone's gonna have to step up now."
Asked if he thought Bryant could return in time for a bowl game, Meyer said he didn't know.
"I've just been so focused on the game that we have here that I haven't even asked that question," he said. "At some point we'll have that discussion, but not this week."
After being listed as a co-starter with Kenny Guiton last week, Braxton Miller is again listed as the lone starter at quarterback.
Miller completed 17-of-25 passing attempts for 198 yards and four touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Saturday.
Guiton started Ohio State's previous two games while Miller recovered from a sprained knee suffered on Sept. 7.
Meyer said Tuesday that he's much more comfortable with Miller this week than he was last week. He added that Miller is now at full-speed.
Meyer previously said that the starting running back role would belong to senior Jordan Hall until it was taken from him.
It appeared that senior Carlos Hyde had done just that. Hyde rushed for 85 yards on 17 carries Saturday while Hall was limited to a single carry. Yet the depth chart remained unchanged at the position, listing Hall as the first-teamer.
Meyer said after the game Saturday, and again on Monday, that he regretted only getting Hall the one carry.
"Jordan Hall has got to be involved." he said. "We knew it was going to be very hard to run in there the way they play their defensive line. Those are our top two backs, and we are working on that now. So I want to make sure we get Jordan Hall involved."
Meyer added that the problem of too many good running backs is a great one to have, but said it's difficult to keep a guy like Hall off the field.
"The young man that goes to class, that lives right, practices hard, that does it right, that's real hard for me because I get really close with these players, all our coaches do and you just want to do right by him," Meyer said. "That's why we made a concerted effort with (Evan) Spencer the week before where we had to throw him the ball. There was a couple times where I said, throw him the ball, because he earned that right.
"The kid that doesn't go to class, the guy that's a pain, no, it's not hard at all. Stand back and watch these guys play. And we have a good majority of our guys do everything right. So that is difficult, especially when you're talking about a kid like Jordan Hall."
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