Friday, August 27, 2010

A FEW SURPRISES ON DEPTH CHART, FIVE TRUE FRESHMEN IN TWO-DEEP

Photo of Ohio State sophomore Orhian Johnson (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell

COLUMBUS — Ohio State released its 2010 football depth chart on Friday and there were definitely a few surprises.

The first surprise came at strong safety where sophomore C.J. Barnett is listed as the starter over Orhian Johnson, who had been running as the No. 1 all through spring and most of fall camp. Barnett played with the first team defense during last Saturday's jersey scrimmage, but that was because Johnson was unable to go with a calf injury.

Either Barnett has really impressed the coaching staff or Johnson's injury is a little more serious than we originally thought. Barnett is a quality player who possesses good speed, decent size (6-0, 190) and solid coverage skills. The Clayton Northmont product can also deliver a big hit.

Andrew Sweat
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Another surprise — although not as big as the one at strong safety — was junior Andrew Sweat getting the No. 1 spot at strongside linebacker over Etienne Sabino.

Again, Sabino ran as the first team SAM backer during all of spring (Sweat didn't participate, however) and seemed to have gained the praise from his veteran teammates and coaches, especially after his solid performance in the spring game where he led the way in tackles with seven and even recorded a force fumble.

Sabino also ran most of fall camp as the No. 1, but during the jersey scrimmage Sweat was given the nod. Sweat's performance solidified his status, as he displayed no ill-effects from the knee injury which kept him sidelined six games last season and all of this past spring.

What makes everything more surprising is that Sabino isn't even listed as Sweat's backup, as sophomore Jon Newsome is listed as the No. 2 SAM backer. Sabino will be senior Brian Rolle's backup at middle linebacker.

Ready for another surprise? Sabino is sharing that role with sophomore Storm Klein.

NO SURPRISE ... Senior Taurian Washington is the No. 3 wide receiver according to the depth chart. Washington has been a major play-maker during the offseason, looking as if he's going to be quarterback Terrelle Pryor's top target downfield.

In the past two weekend scrimmages, Washington hauled in three touchdown receptions (all from Pryor). One was a 75-yard score on a deep reception down the middle in the kick scrimmage, and another came on a 25-yarder that sealed the win for the offense in last Saturday's jersey scrimmage.

The No. 4 receiver spot will be shared by red-shirt freshman Chris Fields and true freshman Corey "Philly" Brown.

Below is the entire two-deep depth chart (starter in bold)...

OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK
Terrelle Pryor 6-6, 233, Jr.
Joe Bauserman 6-1, 233, Jr.

TAILBACK
Dan Herron, left, Brandon Saine
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Brandon Saine 6-1, 219, Sr.
and Dan Herron 6-2, 202, Jr.


FULLBACK
Zach Boren 6-0, 252, So.
Adam Homan 6-2, 238, So.

WIDE RECEIVER
DeVier Posey 6-2, 213, Jr.
Taurian Washington 6-1, 181, Sr.

WIDE RECEIVER
Dane Sanzenbacher 5-11, 180, Sr.
Chris Fields 6-0, 185, RFr.
and Corey Brown 5-11, 170, Fr.

TIGHT END
Jake Stoneburner 6-5, 245, So.
Reid Fragel 6-8, 260, So.

LEFT TACKLE
Mike Adams 6-8, 300, Jr.
Justin Boren
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Andrew Miller 6-6, 288, Sr.

LEFT GUARD
Justin Boren 6-3, 320, Sr.
Connor Smith 6-4, 313, Sr.

CENTER
Mike Brewster 6-5, 293, Jr.
Corey Linsley 6-2, 298, RFr.

RIGHT GUARD
Bryant Browning 6-4, 313, Sr.
Jack Mewhort 6-6, 288 RFr.

RIGHT TACKLE
J.B. Shugarts 6-7, 297, Jr.
Andrew Norwell 6-5, 308 Fr.

Nathan Williams, left, Cameron Heyward
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)




DEFENSE





END

Nathan Williams 6-3, 260 Jr.
Solomon Thomas 6-5, 255, Jr.

TACKLE
Dexter Larimore 6-2, 310, Sr.
Johnathan Hankins 6-3, 335, Fr.

TACKLE
John Simon 6-2, 270, So.
Garrett Goebel 6-3, 281, So.

END
Cameron Heyward 6-5, 288, Sr.
Adam Bellamy 6-4, 295, RFr.

WILL LINEBACKER
Ross Homan
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Ross Homan 6-0, 227, Sr.
Dorian Bell 6-1, 225, RFr.

MIKE LINEBACKER
Brian Rolle 5-11, 218, Sr.
Etienne Sabino 6-3, 240, Jr.
and Storm Klein 6-2, 230, So.

SAM LINEBACKER
Andrew Sweat 6-2, 238, Jr.
Jon Newsome 6-3, 219, So.

CORNERBACK
Chimdi Chekwa 6-0, 190, Sr.
Travis Howard 6-0, 190, So.

FREE SAFETY
Devon Torrence, left, Jermale Hines
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Jermale Hines 6-1, 216, Sr.
Aaron Gant 6-0, 206, Sr.

STRONG SAFETY
C.J. Barnett 6-0, 190, So.
Orhian Johnson 6-2, 205, So.

STAR
Tyler Moeller 6-0, 210, Sr.
Jermale Hines 6-1, 216, Sr.
and Christian Bryant 5-9, 178, Fr.

CORNERBACK
Devon Torrence 6-1, 200, Sr.
Corey Brown 6-0, 189, RFr.

SPECIALISTS
PLACE KICKER
Devin Barclay, left, Drew Basil
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Devin Barclay 5-10, 204, Sr.
Drew Basil 6-1, 206, Fr.

KICKOFF
Drew Basil 6-1, 206, Fr.
Devin Barclay 5-10, 204, Sr.

PUNTER
Ben Buchanan 6-0, 195, So.
Derek Erwin 5-10, 203, So.

LONG SNAPPER
Jake McQuaide 6-3, 234, Sr.
George Makridis 5-11, 236, RFr.

HOLDER
Joe Bauserman 6-1, 233, Jr.
Derek Erwin 5-10, 203, So.

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