Ohio State went into the spring having to replace just one linebacker from last season, but that one was a big one. Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan is on his way to the NFL and now Chris Worley has stepped in for him. That was just one story of the spring, which featured new positions, injuries, and a good amount of depth.
For the entirety of spring football, the Buckeyes went with Jerome Baker, Chris Worley, and Dante Booker as the ones at linebacker. Other players were sprinkled in here and there, but for the most part, it was those three players working with the first unit. Despite that fact, linebackers coach Billy Davis wasn’t ready to put together a depth chart after the spring because there is still plenty that could change.
There isn’t a lot of experience on the Ohio State roster in terms of players actually playing H-back. Parris Campbell has only ever practiced at the position, and this spring was the first time he’s ever spent an entire camp there. Eric Glover-Williams moved over from safety in the offseason, so he’s still learning. K.J. Hill played in the slot last season as a redshirt freshman, but he’s never really been involved in the running game the way they’d like the H-back to be involved.
This being a spring game, I can’t sit here and pass any judgment on the offensive line or defensive line or the secondary because various units are split and the cohesion isn’t yet there. What I ended up doing is simply jotting down some notes on the players who will ultimately make up that defensive line or secondary or offensive line.
Urban Meyer didn’t hire Kevin Wilson as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator to keep things status quo. The Buckeyes have already seen how that story goes. No, Meyer hired Wilson to make some changes — or maybe “fixes” would be a better term.