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The second depth chart of the season features some slight changes due to injuries.
A blowout win over Bowling Green, Ohio State rolled to the tune of 77-10. With Tulsa up next for the Buckeyes, there weren’t many changes from week one to the depth chart. Still, injuries played a role in the new depth chart as Tracy Sprinkle suffered a season-ending injury to the right patellar tendon in his knee. In his place, Dre’Mont Jones and Davon Hamilton are listed as co-starters to step in at defensive tackle.
J.T. Barrett is the starting quarterback and will be for the entirety of the season, barring injury. Barrett had a big hand in Ohio State’s record-setting day, throwing for 349 yards, six touchdowns and adding a rushing touchdown as well. He looked like the old Barrett from 2014 and the weight of a quarterback competition was clearly gone. Expect another big week for him.
At running back, the two-headed monster of Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel proved its worth. Weber remains the starter with OR in between he and Samuel. Weber rushed for 136 yards on 19 carries while Samuel added 84 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Weber looked impressive, running with both speed and power while Samuel looked nearly untouchable. Samuel also hauled in nine catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
The starters are the same as last week, though K.J. Hill is now listed on the depth chart after a mistake last week. Noah Brown OR Parris Campbell starts at X, Corey Smith ORJohnnie Dixon, and Terry McLaurin OR James Clark at Z. Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor, and K.J. Hill are the third-string options. Brown had three catches and a touchdown in his return to the field while the aforementioned Hill impressed with his speed on one of the game’s first touchdowns.
The H-back spot remains with Curtis Samuel OR Dontre Wilson. Samuel as we mentioned had a terrific performance but Wilson had a pretty good day himself. Wilson caught 3 passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns while also carrying the ball five times for 36 yards.
The tight end spot is firmly locked down by Marcus Baugh with A.J. Alexander listed as the backup. Baugh was involved in this game from the start with four catches for 30 yards. Alexander even got some playing time near the end and caught a pass of his own.
The offensive line starters are listed as Jamarco Jones, Michael Jordan, Pat Elflein,Billy Price, and Isaiah Prince (from left to right). An excellent debut for the young offensive line, as J.T. Barrett had plenty of time to throw all game long.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sam Hubbard OR Jayln Holmes and Tyquan Lewisremain listed as the defensive end starters. Hubbard and Lewis were mostly quiet overall, but Bowling Green seemed to plan to make quick throws as much as possible. The backups at defensive end are Nick Bosa OR Jonathon Cooper. Bosa got his first sack of his career towards the end of the game. In the middle, Michael Hill anchors the defensive line alongside Dre’Mont Jones who replaces Tracy Sprinkle and Davon Hamilton is listed as the co-starter with Jones.
The linebacking core remained solid all game against Bowling Green. Raekwon McMillan is still slotted in at middle linebacker, returning from last season as the team’s leading tackler and is the leader of the defense. Surrounding him are outside linebackersChris Worley and Dante Booker OR Joe Burger. Booker seemed to suffer a slight MCL sprain early on in the game and Joe Burger stepped in very well in his place. Rashod Berry, Jerome Baker, and Craig Fada, and Joe Burger OR Justin Hilliard are your backups.
At cornerback, Gareon Conley is the starter on one end and Marshon Lattimore ORDenzel Ward on the other for the second corner spot. For safeties, Damon Webb slides over this season with Malik Hooker getting the other safety spot. Erick Smith is listed as the backup to Hooker, while Jordan Fuller is the backup to Webb. Both Lattimore and Ward played well and were pretty spot-on in their coverage. Hooker had the game of his life, intercepting two passes on the day, one in particular spectacular fashion.
For special teams, sophomore walk-on Tyler Durbin will be starting as the kicker for both kickoffs and field goals as Sean Nuernberger recovers from a groin injury that forced him to miss most of camp. Durbin hit all of 11 of his extra points against Bowling Green. Senior Cameron Johnston remains as the punter, and that’s no surprise considering he’s been a mainstay since his freshman season and has done a tremendous job. Against Bowling Green he wasn’t need much, only punting one time all game.
At punt return, Dontre Wilson OR Corey Smith OR Curtis Samuel are all in play. Handling kickoff returns will be Dontre Wilson OR James Clark OR Johnnie Dixon. The long-snapping duties are given to Liam McCollough, and holding for kicks is Cameron Johnston.