Salutations from our nation’s 48th state, where I currently find myself vacating on the same road that I live by several hours to the west. Yup, this is as close to Rich Rod as I’ll ever get… probably for the best. Knowing that we were headed this way the wife let me plan our trip around two sacred OSU sites, although she did boycott one of my musical selections for the journey. Ah, well… at least she let me watch the 2002 game on the BTN this evening.
This “update” seems to be merely a reflection of Coach Meyer’s decisions regarding Klein’s actions, and there may not be any more to read into it. Again, Urban stated at the end of spring practice that the chart would be set- fall camp was about preparation and not position battles.
As you may know, Ohio State was nice enough to release a post spring practice two-deep for us to over-analyze during the long summer months as we anxiously await the beginning of fall camp.
Although I like to look at the depth chart every summer (hey, it’s something to do), this year has added significance thanks to a change in philosophy from the coaching staff.
The change can be summed up as “spring practice is for setting the depth chart, fall practice is for preparing to win football games” and it comes straight from Coach Meyer.
It is not quite that simple, obviously.
Non-enrolled incoming freshmen haven’t had a chance to weigh in on the chart yet. At least a few of them are likely to make an impact before the first game kicks off.
Although the focus will be on preparing to win games in the fall, putting your best players on the field is one of the better ways to do that. For the players not making the list in the spring for whatever reason, there is still an opportunity to move up if they can prove they belong on the field.
With those factors in mind, here is a look at the two-deep on defense, with grades for each position group at the end (skip there for the cliff notes).
“Rolling in the deep…”
Today, Coach Meyer announced the “two deep” roster following spring football and evaluation. As you remember, he has previously said that this will be the look entering the fall season- that July and August are not times to determine positions, but to get ready to play.
We will be adjusting our depth charts to reflect this announcement, and can see no real surprises (except for the Boren Legacy at center). Be sure to keep an eye on that contested longsnapper competition, though- it’s always a highlight of the fall.
Here’s the press release from the OSU SID regarding this-
The athletic site released the official depth chart today (along with a lot of other information) for the Akron game this weekend.
Check it out by following the link:
For our thoughts on the depth chart, make sure to read our coverage of the two-deep.
We will continue reviewing the running backs, receivers, and quarterbacks over the next three days, so stay tuned!