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Grading Ohio State’s Post-Spring Depth Chart

At Ohio State, most position battles are won or lost in the spring, when the coaches have the time to really evaluate the roster and identify their playmakers. With spring practice in the books, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes are starting to take shape. While a number of starting spots remain open as the Buckeyes work to replace 10 starters, the top contenders have been identified. Safety Tyvis Powell emerged as a contributor, and he knows where he stands going into summer conditioning, according to Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer: The way they treat it here, spring is the opportunity to go earn a position. When summer camp comes around, they pretty much got who they want in. There aren’t too many changes made, so what you see right now is kind of what it is going to be. Of course, there are exceptions. Last year, Joey Bosa and Dontre Wilson arrived in the fall and earned a spot in Ohio State’s two-deep rotation as true freshmen. But the depth chart’s foundation is set in the spring. Here’s a detailed look at each position group after spring practice. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Football: Expect Braxton Miller to Pass More, Stay Healthy in 2014

Last year, Braxton Miller had a fantastic season, even while missing some time due to injury. After a disappointing end to 2013, Miller has a lot to prove his senior year. Miller will have to protect himself by staying in the pocket more this season and not going on the run. Being an electric playmaker, this may seem contradictory to Miller’s instincts, but he must do it in order to stay healthy and lead the Ohio State Buckeyes. Check out the video above, where Adam Kramer and Michael Felder project how Braxton Miller will fare in his senior season. Highlights courtesy of XOs Digital Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Spring Game Shows Ohio State Clearly Addressed It’s Biggest Issue

Following the spring game in Columbus, one thing was quite clear: Ohio State made sure to address its issues with respect to coverage in the back end. The Buckeyes defenders, under co-defensive coordinators Chris Ash and Luke Fickell, have responded to their issues from a season ago and pushed to match patterns, relate to receivers and make plays on the football. Spring games are often difficult to use to make evaluations for a given team. Formats differ, rules vary tremendously and who is active—and to what extent—is always a crap shoot, something Martin Rickman at Sports Illustrated points out in his Buckeyes spring game recap. However, a true shift in mentality is something that is noticeable, regardless of personnel or watered-down play-calling. For Ohio State, little was discovered with respect to the quarterback position. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett failed to show separation as they battle for the backup job. Expected starting running back Ezekiel Elliott was extremely limited. The defensive side of the ball played four-man fronts almost exclusively. Yet it was clear something was different in the back seven of the Buckeyes’ defense. Prior to the Big Ten championship game, the Buckeyes’ issues with route relations was discussed. The same was mentioned before Urban Meyer’s team took on the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. Entering spring, the need to work on pass coverage was again noted here. And the Buckeyes went out and addressed that very…

Cardale Jones Stood out in Spring but J.T. Barrett Is QB of the Future for OSU

The Ohio State spring game is in the books, and with star QB Braxton Miller sitting out, Buckeyes fans got a glimpse of the future in Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Which QB proved himself in the spring game? Urban Meyer loves athletes on offense that can score from anywhere on the field, and Ohio State has three such players on its roster. Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel all have the potential to play the Percy Harvin role for the Buckeyes. How will Meyer use each on offense? Check out Ben Axelrod from BuckeyeSports.com give some inside info on Ohio State’s spring game. Highlights courtesy XOS Digital Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State Basketball: What Trevor Thompson, Anthony Lee Will Bring to Buckeyes

The Ohio State basketball team lost Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and LaQuinton Ross to either graduation or the NBA this offseason, but Thad Matta has nearly 14’ of reinforcements on the way. While much of the excitement surrounding the program has understandably come from the No. 6-ranked recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports, Matta addressed a serious area of need through the transfer market. Big men Anthony Lee and Trevor Thompson both recently elected to take their talents to Columbus. Lee comes via Temple, where he averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game in 2013-14. He was a double-double threat every time he stepped on the floor and gave the Owls a formidable rim protector on the defensive side of the ball. Lee is such an important addition for the Buckeyes because Amir Williams has failed to live up to his McDonald’s All-American potential in his three years on campus. While Williams has flashed moments of brilliance, Ohio State needs a consistent big man in the physically grueling Big Ten. It was actually the departing Ross who led the team in rebounds per game last year, and the graduating Smith was a close third. The team as a whole was 216th in the country in total rebounds a night with Ross and Smith, so Lee’s prowess on the boards will be absolutely critical. Lee also fits in nicely with the group of incoming 2014 recruits. D’Angelo Russell, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop are the expected impact…

Cardale Jones Stood out in Spring but J.T. Barrett Is QB of the Future for OSU

The Ohio State spring game is in the books, and with star QB Braxton Miller sitting out, Buckeyes fans got a glimpse of the future in Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Which QB proved himself in the spring game? Urban Meyer loves athletes on offense that can score from anywhere on the field, and Ohio State has three such players on its roster. Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel all have the potential to play the Percy Harvin role for the Buckeyes. How will Meyer use each on offense? Check out Ben Axelrod from BuckeyeSports.com give some inside info on Ohio State’s spring game. Highlights courtesy XOS Digital Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Spring Game Shows Ohio State Clearly Addressed It’s Biggest Issue

Following the spring game in Columbus, one thing was quite clear: Ohio State made sure to address its issues with respect to coverage in the back end. The Buckeyes defenders, under co-defensive coordinators Chris Ash and Luke Fickell, have responded to their issues from a season ago and pushed to match patterns, relate to receivers and make plays on the football. Spring games are often difficult to use to make evaluations for a given team. Formats differ, rules vary tremendously and who is active—and to what extent—is always a crap shoot, something Martin Rickman at Sports Illustrated points out in his Buckeyes spring game recap. However, a true shift in mentality is something that is noticeable, regardless of personnel or watered-down play-calling. For Ohio State, little was discovered with respect to the quarterback position. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett failed to show separation as they battle for the backup job. Expected starting running back Ezekiel Elliott was extremely limited. The defensive side of the ball played four-man fronts almost exclusively. Yet it was clear something was different in the back seven of the Buckeyes’ defense. Prior to the Big Ten championship game, the Buckeyes’ issues with route relations was discussed. The same was mentioned before Urban Meyer’s team took on the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. Entering spring, the need to work on pass coverage was again noted here. And the Buckeyes went out and addressed that very…

Ohio State Football: Expect Braxton Miller to Pass More, Stay Healthy in 2014

Last year, Braxton Miller had a fantastic season, even while missing some time due to injury. After a disappointing end to 2013, Miller has a lot to prove his senior year. Miller will have to protect himself by staying in the pocket more this season and not going on the run. Being an electric playmaker, this may seem contradictory to Miller’s instincts, but he must do it in order to stay healthy and lead the Ohio State Buckeyes. Check out the video above, where Adam Kramer and Michael Felder project how Braxton Miller will fare in his senior season. Highlights courtesy of XOs Digital Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State Spring Game: Biggest Takeaways from Buckeyes’ Intra-Squad Tilt

It is a testament to the popularity of Ohio State football in central Ohio that the Buckeyes’ spring game, which is truly just a glorified practice, drew more than 60,000 fans even though the tickets were being sold for $20 apiece up until the night before the game. For context, the majority of schools do not charge fans for admittance to the spring game. However, there were bigger takeaways to be made from the game than the fact that people love Ohio State football. The Gray squad topped the Scarlet one 17-7 in a contest that did not feature Braxton Miller due to injury. According to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors, head coach Urban Meyer appeared far more interested in individual performances than who won the game: I’m not trying to evaluate an offense. Who cares? There are guys out there who will never play or they’re not ready to play now. Sports information director Jerry Emig handed me these stats. I’m not sure what to do with these. I don’t care. What I do care about is who’s physically going to make the plays. It was almost like an individual game today. That’s what I wanted to watch. I wanted to see who’s going to compete, who’s going to make plays and who’s going to fit the team concept because we all know what we saw out there. That’s not a team. That’s not the Ohio State Buckeyes. Even though Meyer wasn’t particularly impressed with the performance, there…

Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer’s 3 Biggest Concerns Post-Spring Practice

Spring practice is in the books for Ohio State, and with less than five months before the official start of the season, Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes primed for another title run. Still, the Buckeyes are far from a finished product, and Saturday’s spring game revealed a number of issues that need resolved. These three in particular are top concerns for Meyer because they all have the potential to derail Ohio State’s championship run. The Offensive Line In 2013, four senior starters along Ohio State’s offensive line paved the way for one of the most successful offenses in school history. The Buckeyes averaged 308.6 rushing yards per game, which ranked fifth in the country. Meyer needs to replace those four starters, a process that’s only 25 percent complete going into summer conditioning. The Buckeyes’ sole returning starter, Taylor Decker, has made the switch from right tackle to left tackle. Pat Elflein—who played admirably for the suspended Marcus Hall late last season—has secured the right guard spot. The other three openings have yet to be claimed, and that doesn’t sit well with Meyer, according to Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer “The offensive line, we got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said. “We’ve got to really go, we gotta really go from here.” After the defenses piled up five sacks during the spring game without sending a single blitz, that urgency is easy to…

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