Three Ohio State football backups who should see significant playing time

While the starters for the Ohio State football team are all really great, the depth of this team is special too. These backups should still see a lot of snaps.
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Quinshon Judkins (1) runs the
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Quinshon Judkins (1) runs the / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /
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The Ohio State football team has a lot of good starters. The defense has one of the best group of starters in the country. In fact, it's a defense that should be even better this season because all of those guys are back. Specifically, the secondary is a really strong group.

Still, the backups on this team are really solid too. They are good enough to be counted on in case they need to be thrust into action. Some backups are so good that they will force Ryan Day to put them on the field anyway. They're too good to be sitting on the bench.

There are three players who probably won't start this season and still deserve to see significant snaps this season. They are really good players who just have some better players ahead of them on the depth chart right now. But these guys are too good to be kept off the field.

The first person on this list is one of the guys who will form a two-headed monster in the backfield.

1. Quinshon Judkins

After two successful years at Ole Miss, Quinshon Judkins decided to enter the transfer portal and join the Ohio State football team. He had a lot of success with the Rebels but decided he wanted a shot at winning something more. He wants to win a national championship.

Joining the Buckeyes gives him a chance to do just that. What he won't do is start for them. This is despite the fact that he has run for 1,567 and 1,158 yards in consecutive seasons. He also ran for 16 and 15 touchdowns in those seasons respectively.

Another reason why Judkins decided to transfer was the workload he was getting. No running back in the country had more carries in the last two seasons than Judkins. He knows that he has to keep his body fresher if he wants to play in the NFL and have an effective pro career.

Judkins will still see a lot of snaps this year. Even though TreVeyon Henderson is the starter, Chip Kelly is going to rotate the backs to make sure that they both stay fresh. There might even be plays where both of them are on the field at the same time. They are both too talented to keep them on the bench.

The next player on this list is on the defensive side of the ball.