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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Ohio State working to fill gaps this spring

By Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Off-field issues continue to dominate the discussion around Ohio State, but the Buckeyes have plenty to address between the lines.

Not only does Ohio State lose 24 seniors from the 2010 team, but the Buckeyes will be without five players, including four offensive starters, for the first five games this coming season. The cumulative loss in production has coach Jim Tressel calling this his youngest team at Ohio State.

Here are the five players suspended for the first five games of 2011:
* returning starter

Filling these gaps is a primary goal for Ohio State this spring. The team is in good shape at some positions and thinner at others.

Here's a breakdown of the five positions, from the most shaky spot to the most stable.

QUARTERBACK
WIDE RECEIVER
LEFT TACKLE
DEFENSIVE END
RUNNING BACK