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Updated Ohio State Depth Chart for Offense and Defense
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — We last took a look at the Buckeyes' depth chart on Sunday, examining the offense and defense following their fifth practice.

With another two practices in the books since then, and a scrimmage coming on Saturday, more is being learned about where everybody is lining up and when.

Since our depth charts on Sunday there have been a few changes, so in the interest of having the most up-to-date information, it's time to take another look. Any changes have been noted.

OFFENSE

Quarterback
12 Cardale Jones (rSo)
16 J.T. Barrett (rFr)
13 Stephen Collier (Fr)
5 Braxton Miller (Sr) [Injured]
Tom Herman said this week that Cardale Jones has done nothing to not be taking snaps with the ones while Braxton Miller is out. He almost seems defiant when people question Jones' ability to play quarterback at Ohio State. Now at the halfway point of spring practice, J.T. Barrett is going to have to make a big move over these final two weeks to take the job from Jones.

Running Back
15 Ezekiel Elliott (So)
OR
7 Rod Smith (rSr)
25 Bri'onte Dunn (rSo)
28 Warren Ball (rSo)
4 Curtis Samuel (Fr)
Ezekiel Elliott may be ahead by a nose, but the competition is so close that the reps with the ones are split fairly evenly. Also, the situation is close right now that things can change from practice to practice.

H-Back
2 Dontre Wilson (So)
17 Jalin Marshall (rFr) [Injured]
There is no competition here because of Jalin Marshall's injury and how well Dontre Wilson is playing, but Marshall has definitely shown the potential to be effective in this offense.

Wide Receiver
9 Devin Smith (Sr)
3 Michael Thomas (rSo)
84 Corey Smith (rJr)
1 Johnnie Dixon (Fr)
89 Jeff Greene (rJr)
33 Frank Epitropoulos (rSo)
6 Evan Spencer (Sr) [Injured]
82 James Clark (rFr) [Injured]
Zach Smith is moving everybody around, except for Michael Thomas, who has been at the X for the last two years or so. There have really been no changes to this depth chart since the first or second week. 

Tight End
86 Jeff Heuerman (Sr)
81 Nick Vannett (rJr)
85 Marcus Baugh (rFr)
8 J.T. Moore (rSr)
Jeff Heuerman has missed time with a broken nose, and Nick Vannett has used that time to make a serious push. At this point, however, things are laid out exactly as they were when practice started.

Left Tackle
68 Taylor Decker (Jr)
66 Kyle Dodson (rSo)

Left Guard
73 Antonio Underwood (rJr)
51 Joel Hale (Sr)
57 Chase Farris (rJr)

Center
50 Jacoby Boren (Jr)
OR
54 Billy Price (rFr)

Right Guard
65 Pat Elflein (rSo)
64 Marcelys Jones (Fr)
OR
55 Tommy Brown (rJr)

Right Tackle
76 Darryl Baldwin (rSr)
75 Evan Lisle (rFr)
71 Kyle Trout (Fr)
There hasn't been a ton of movement on the offensive line. The depth chart is essentially the same as it was to start spring practice. This is probably a good thing, as Ed Warinner is getting what he was hoping for from his top five or so. He is also getting some competition from guys like Billy Price and Marcelys Jones.

DEFENSE

Right End
97 Joey Bosa (So)
59 Tyquan Lewis (rFr)
94 Rashad Frazier (rSr)
Larry Johnson has gone away from a strongside and weakside defensive end this spring, and moved to simply a right and left end. This has changed our previous depth chart significantly, though not so much in terms of who plays when. Tyquan Lewis remains with the twos, as he has been for all of practice.

Left End
8 Noah Spence (So)
88 Steve Miller (Sr)
34 Jamal Marcus (Jr)
Steve Miller was moved to left end per Joey Bosa, perhaps in preparation for giving him the first crack at starting the first two games this season while Noah Spence is suspended. Regardless, Jamal Marcus still finds himself third just as he was when we assumed OSU still had a Viper. There is still plenty of rotating going on, however, so there are snaps for everybody right now.

Nose Tackle
63 Michael Bennett (Sr)
90 Tommy Schutt (Jr)
72 Chris Carter (rJr)
With the emphasis on quickness and getting up field, it wouldn't be a surprise if there are other defensive tackles who rotate in here as well.

Defensive Tackle (3 Technique)
92 Adolphus Washington (Jr)
52 Donovan Munger (rFr)
77 Michael Hill (So)
93 Tracy Sprinkle (rFr)
This could end up being one of the deepest spots on the team. Donovan Munger was mentioned by nearly every defensive lineman that we talked to on Thursday. His rise up the depth chart has been impressive. Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle are both getting reps with the twos when they can, and also receiving mention from their teammates.

Sam Linebacker (Field/Wide Side/Walk-Out)
43 Darron Lee (rFr)
35 Chris Worley (rFr)
The position goes by many names, but it no longer goes by "strongside linebacker". Things have not changed for this depth chart. Both players have done well.

Mike Linebacker
14 Curtis Grant (Sr)
55 Camren Williams (Jr)
5 Raekwon McMillan (Fr)
Nothing has changed with this depth chart since the opening of spring football. What will be interesting to watch moving forward, however, is whether or not Raekwon McMillan begins to take more snaps away from either of the players in front of him.

Will Linebacker (Boundary/Short Side)
37 Joshua Perry (Jr)
36 Trey Johnson (So)
With Joshua Perry playing a new position, we could have expected some growing pains. According to Urban Meyer, however, Perry is one of the most improved players on the team, so the move from the sam to the will seems to be working. Expect this depth chart to remain this way for the rest of spring.

Boundary Cornerback
#12 Doran Grant (Sr)
#13 Eli Apple (rFr)
As of Thursday, Eli Apple was still behind Gareon Conley, so he's listed here because he's one step further away from Armani Reeves than Conley is. Regardless of whether Doran Grant or Reeves went down, right now Conley would be the first one in.

Field Cornerback
#26 Armani Reeves (Jr)
#19 Gareon Conley (rFr)
#33 Nik Sarac (rJr)
While some fans may be waiting for Armani Reeves to get jumped, he has never moved from the first team. He's been there since the first practice of the year and really hasn't shown any reason to argue with it. Actually, all of the cornerbacks have performed well.

Free Safety
#16 Cameron Burrows (So)
#29 Jayme Thompson (rFr)
#11 Vonn Bell (So) [Injured]
Here is a bit of a change. Previously this group was listed as strong safeties because they were playing on the strong side of the field. Cameron Burrows, however, mentioned that playing the free safety position suits him well because it matches up his cornerback skills with slot receivers. So we'll take Burrows' word here and switch the position groups. We'll get this clarified for sure before all is said and done.

Strong Safety
#23 Tyvis Powell (Jr)
#20 Ron Tanner (rJr)
Other than changing this group from free safety to strong safety, there is nothing new here, nor should you expect there to be. Tyvis Powell has been one of the most-talked about performers of camp, so a jump up from Ron Tanner would be a surprise.

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