Friday, April 3, 2009
Ohio State releases spring depth chart
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's no secret Ohio State gets a lot younger this season, and the team's youth is reflected in its spring depth chart, unveiled Friday.
Five sophomores and a freshman are listed as starters on offense. The defense is older but has only five seniors listed with the first team. Check out the full depth chart (page 10), but here are several items to note.
- Michigan transfer Justin Boren is listed as a starting guard along with Bryant Browning, who moves from starting right tackle to guard. Jim Cordle, who started at center in 2007 and played guard most of last season, is now listed as a starting tackle opposite Mike Adams. J.B. Shugarts, one of several heralded 2008 offensive line recruits, isn't listed on the depth chart because of an injury. So besides center Mike Brewster, there's movement along the offensive line, which should be an interesting area to watch.
- Sophomore Dan Herron, who started in place of the injured Chris "Beanie" Wells for three games last fall, is the No. 1 running back ahead of Brandon Saine.
- Dynamic sophomore DeVier Posey and reliable junior Dane Sanzenbacher are the starting wide receivers, with senior Ray Small as a third option behind Sanzenbacher. Sophomore Lamaar Thomas is third string, a bit of a surprise. It was perplexing why Posey didn't get more work in 2008, but it shouldn't be a problem this fall. Small also will be a bigger part of the passing attack.
- With Lawrence Wilson out for spring as he recovers from a torn ACL, junior Thaddeus Gibson slides into a starting defensive end spot opposite Cameron Heyward. Gibson made a huge difference when he began playing more midway through 2008, so don't be surprised if he holds onto the top spot even when Wilson returns.
- Fifth-year senior Andre Amos, who has battled injuries throughout his career, is listed as a first-team cornerback opposite Chimdi Chekwa. If Amos can stay healthy, he should be able to help fill the void left by Malcolm Jenkins and Donald Washington.
- Fifth-year senior Austin Spitler and junior Tyler Moeller join returning starter Ross Homan as the first-team linebackers, with Spitler in the middle and Moeller on the strong side. Sophomore Etienne Sabino, listed as the backup middle linebacker, figures to push the others for playing time.
- No return men are listed, but Small was dynamic on punt returns last year and Thomas likely will serve as the primary kickoff return man.
- Oh, yeah, and Terrelle Pryor is still the starting quarterback, in case you were wondering.