Ohio State Football: Skill position players ‘off the chart’

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: J.T. Barrett /

Skill position players on Ohio State’s depth chart.

Head coach Urban Meyer listed the depth chart for the Ohio State football team today and the talent at the skill positions on offense just jumps out at you. In fact, you could say the talent is off the chart.

Speedy first and second year players on the depth chart to go along with older players would appear to be a good combination. Here is a list of the players who made the cut for the Indiana game:

          First Team                                                                Second Team

  • QB J.T. Barrett Sr.                                                    Dwayne Haskins Fr.
  • RB Mike Weber So. (or) J.K. Dobbins Fr.            Demario McCall So. (or)                                                                                                             Antonio Williams So.
  • HB Parris Campbell Jr. (or) K.J. Hill So.               C.J. Saunders Jr.
  • WR Austin Mack So. (or) Binjimen Victor So.
  • WR Johnnie Dixon Jr. (or) Terry McLaurin Jr.
  • TE Marcus Baugh Sr.                                              Rashod Berry So. (or) 
  •                                                                                      Luke Farrell Fr.

You may find it interesting that true freshman quarterback Tate Martell was listed as the third team quarterback. It has been reported he will be a part of the travel team when the Bucks head for Bloomington.

It appears that sophomores Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor are on the verge of making their mark on the Ohio State football program. Each had a strong spring and have impressed WR coach Zach Smith in fall camp.

Will this be the year the speedsters in the 2014 recruiting class finally break out? Parris Campbell has finally been moved to h-back, Johnnie Dixon appears to finally be healthy and Terry McLaurin has shown flashes of his talent the last two years.

K.J. Hill looks like he has the potential to be the game breaking playmaker Urban Meyer envisioned he would be when the Buckeye head coach fought hard to bring him into the 2015 class. And it’s cool that walk-on C.J. Saunders is listed on the depth chart. Wouldn’t it be great if the junior got some touches to see what he can do with the ball in his hands?

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Tight end Marcus Ball had somewhat of a breakout season in 2016, but I think he has just scratched the surface. Rashod Berry, who moved back to the offense from DE, will be a solid blocker and Luke Farrell was a highly ranked tight end in the 2016 recruiting class.

I think there is plenty of talent at the running back position, don’t you? So much so that the Buckeyes’ number one RB may sit out against Indiana, or only see limited playing time.

Weber is still nursing a slight hamstring injury and true freshman J.K. Dobbins has impressed everyone since stepping on campus as an early enrollee in January. Demario McCall has worked at h-back during fall camp but excelled at running back in the spring when he was in the mix with Dobbins for the No. 2 spot.

And finally, Antonio Williams appears to be back in the good graces of the coaching staff. He was the No. 8 running back in the country in the 2016 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite. The kid has a ton of talent.

Next: A look at the offensive line depth chart

I think nearly any coach in America would trade their skill position players for those Urban Meyer has listed on his depth chart. Oh yeah, I almost forgot that senior J.T. Barrett will be there to lead them and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson sure knows how to utilize the talent he has at his disposal. Thinking the Buckeyes just may have an explosive offense this year.