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Finalizing the Ohio State Spring Depth Chart on Offense
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Spring Football is now over for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and players have both made moves, and also solidified their spots on the depth chart.

What does that depth chart look like now? Let's take a look at where the offense stands, including where the incoming freshmen are likely to begin on the next depth chart later this summer.
 
Offense
QB #5 Braxton Miller Sr
Miller spent the spring recovering from shoulder surgery.
#12 Cardale Jones  rSo
Jones was the #1 QB all spring long, but was a bit erratic over his last few Saturday scrimmages.
#16 J.T. Barrett rFr
Barrett spent the spring as the #2 QB and that never really changed. He did get nearly half the snaps this spring, however.
#13 Stephen Collier Fr
Collier actually got more snaps this spring than most true freshmen have under Urban Meyer and Tom Herman. He would serve OSU best by redshirting this season.
 
 
RB #15 Ezekiel Elliott So
Elliott didn't open the spring as the #1 RB, which surprised everybody. He finished as the #1 RB, however, and closed very well.
#4 Curtis Samuel Fr
Samuel began the spring as the #5 tailback, but surprised his coaches with how strong and tough he was.
#7 Rod Smith rSr
Smith missed the last week or two of spring practice to focus on his academics. He began the spring splitting reps with the ones, but ends it having given up a spot that he may never be able to reclaim.
#25 Bri'onte Dunn rSo
Dunn was impressive all spring long, showing the north-south style that OSU has thrived on the last two seasons.
#28 Warren Ball rSo
Ball was probably the best-looking runner in the Spring Game. Few teams will have as talented a #5 RB as OSU.


HB #2 Dontre Wilson So
Wilson was the team's most consistent receiver this spring, and one of its top playmakers. His role in the offense will dwarf last year's.
#17 Jalin Marshall  rFr
Marshall was earning raves prior to injuring a knee. He'll be back and ready to go soon. He will have a role in this offense.
NA Noah Brown Fr
This is a projection, as Zach Smith has said that they need to see what the freshman receivers can handle before making them an H-back. What Brown did in high school, however, would seem to make him a prime candidate.
NA Parris Campbell Fr
This is also a projection, though Campbell will certainly start his career as a receiver. He is behind Brown on this list because Brown already appears physically ready for college football.


WR #9 Devin Smith Sr
Smith had a fairly quiet spring, but he spent his practices being moved to all the different receiver spots. He and Dontre Wilson were the only receivers consistently with the ones.
#3 Michael Thomas rSo
Thomas had a solid spring and appears to finally be turning the corner that his coaches have been asking for.
#6 Evan Spencer Sr
Spencer missed the spring due to a leg injury. He is a noted run blocker, and he's this high on the depth chart because I'll believe he's no longer a starter when I see it. But I still couldn't put him ahead of Thomas yet. Don't be surprised if he opens fall camp with the ones, however.
#84 Corey Smith rJr
Smith looked like the team's best receiver at times. He and Thomas both spent significant time with the ones. He could absolutely find a starting spot. He may be the most physically-gifted of the Buckeye receivers.
#1 Johnnie Dixon Fr
Dixon was up and down this spring, but showed flashes of being a contributor this season.
#89 Jeff Greene rJr
Greene had some nice moments this spring, but snaps might be difficult to come by.
#82 James Clark rFr
Clark spent the spring recovering from a season-ending injury from last year. If he is ready to go this season, they will find some snaps for him because of his speed.
#3 Frank Epitropoulos rSo
Epitropoulos mixed in with the twos in limited reps. Also worked in the slot some.
NA Terry McLaurin Fr
McLaurin won't be on campus until this summer, but when he arrives he will be one of the team's fastest players.


TE #86 Jeff Heuerman Sr
Heuerman missed most of the spring with injuries, but he will return to his starting spot this fall.
#81 Nick Vannett rJr
Vannett has greatly closed the gap with Heuerman, and Urban Meyer has even said that the Buckeyes could have two tight ends on the field quite a bit this season.
#85 Marcus Baugh rFr
Baugh probably made the most plays at tight end for the Buckeyes this spring, but drops have been somewhat of an issue.
#8 J.T. Moore rSr
Moore is a blocking tight end, but with two excellent blockers in Heuerman and Vannett, his reps on offense will be limited.


LT #68 Taylor Decker Jr
Decker had a very good spring and solidified his new position at left tackle.
#66 Kyle Dodson rSo
Dodson was inconsistent this spring, alternating good reps with bad ones.
NA Jamarco Jones Fr
Jones will be given every opportunity to make it into the two deep, and it may end up being a necessity at tackle.


LG #73 Antonio Underwood rJr
Underwood spent the entirety of spring with the ones. He has not locked up the spot for the fall yet, but he is certainly the favorite.
#51 Joel Hale Sr
Hale's move from defensive line has given the offensive line depth, and he may be more equipped to push Underwood in the fall after having an entire offseason with the offensive line.
#57 Chase Farris (Injured) rJr
Farris is out with an ACL tear that he suffered last season. Had he been healthy, he would certainly be in the mix for a starting job. He should be one to watch during fall camp.


C #50 Jacoby Boren Jr
The center job is up for grabs at the moment, as nobody walked away with the spot this spring. Boren played well while taking the slight majority of the snaps with the ones.
#54 Billy Price rFr
Price seemingly closed the gap with Boren as spring football went on. He is likely the strongest lineman on the team.


RG #65 Patrick Elflein rSo
Along with Decker, Elflein is the only offensive lineman who has wrapped up a starting job this fall.
NA Demetrius Knox Fr
Knox should walk on campus and immediately find his way into the two-deep. Urban Meyer wants him to play this season. He could also end up in the mix at left guard.
#55 Tommy Brown rJr
Brown has been repping at both right guard and right tackle with the twos this spring.
#64 Marcelys Jones Fr
Ed Warinner has spoken good words of Jones this spring, but he would be helped by a redshirt season.


RT #76 Darryl Baldwin rSr
Baldwin stayed with the ones all spring long, and will be there when fall camp opens as well.
#75 Evan Lisle rFr
Lisle will compete for the right tackle job when fall camp opens.
#71 Kyle Trout Fr
Trout served himself well by coming in for the spring, but he had some expectedly rough outings.
NA Brady Taylor Fr
Urban Meyer said on signing day that Taylor may see the field quicker than people expect. That would describe 2014, I think.


PK #39 Kyle Clinton rSr
This job is far from over, as neither kicker was as accurate as Ohio State needs at this point. Clinton was probably the more accurate of the two over the course of the spring, however.
#96 Sean Nuernberger Fr
Nuernberger finished well, especially in the Spring Game. He has a bigger leg than Clinton, but needs to show consistency.

 

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