The Ohio State football team is ready to begin fall camp on Thursday. Here are three burning questions as we enter the practices.
Fall camp is finally here for the Ohio State football team. Thursday’s practice will officially kick off the 2023 season. Ohio State is once again one of the favorites to win the Big Ten and the national championship.
There is just something great about this time of year as football kicks off. The fall is always a favorite season for most Ohioans as the smells of tailgating at Ohio Stadium are within reach. But first, the Buckeyes need to figure out some things as fall camp ensues. Here are three burning questions as the Ohio State football team embarks on the 2023 season.
No. 3) Is this Kyle McCord’s quarterback job to lose?
The Ohio State football team will once again be in search of a new quarterback for 2023. Ryan Day said last week that it’s a close competition between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown. Both highly touted recruits coming out of high school, this job has been seen by many as Kyle McCord’s to lose with seniority in the program.
I tend to fall in line with that thinking. McCord by all indications has looked good during Spring practices and summer workouts. He knows this Buckeye offense inside and out. And he already has one start under his belt, being forced into action for an injured C.J. Stroud his freshman season against Akron.
As long as McCord looks sharp and handles his business, I see no way that he loses this battle to Brown.
No. 2) Do the Buckeyes have a starting caliber right tackle?
This is the question that could make or break the 2023 Ohio State season. We all saw during the Spring game that the offensive line play was not good enough, namely at the right tackle spot. Zen Michalski and Tegra Tshabola looked overmatched.
Offensive line coach Justin Frye then entered the transfer portal to bring in Josh “Jimmy” Simmons from San Diego State and the reviews thus far have been promising. He has been labeled as “freakishly athletic” and has 13 career starts under his belt.
If Simmons can continue on his current trajectory, I foresee no issues at the right tackle position entering the season.
No. 1) Is this Buckeye secondary finally fixed?
Getting beat deep killed this team in its two losses last season to Michigan and Georgia. It cannot happen again in 2023 if they want a chance at winning a national title. The coaching staff saw the issues and attacked them this offseason.
Ja’Had Carter and Davison Igbinosun have been brought in to add depth to the safety and cornerback positions respectively. Igbinosun has a real chance at being an All-Big Ten caliber player in 2023 after being a freshman All-American in 2022 at Ole Miss.
The coaching staff also appears to be ready to let the super-talented, former five-star player Sonny Styles loose in 2023. Taking 13 snaps in the Peach Bowl, Styles has been getting great reviews for his work ethic and play during summer workouts.
If Denzel Burke is healthy and can lock down the No. 1 cornerback position, this Ohio State secondary has a chance at being its best since the 2019 season.