Three Ohio State football players with the most to gain in the Spring Game

With the Spring Game taking place this Saturday, here are the three guys who have the most to gain with a good showing.
Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Devin Brown (33) takes a snap during
Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Devin Brown (33) takes a snap during / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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The Ohio State football team has a lot of aspirations for the 2024 season. They have one of the most talented teams in the entire country heading into next year. The Spring Game will finally allow Buckeye fans to see what this team has right now as Spring winds down.

There are still some players that are fighting for starting spots and some playing time. The depth chart is anything but set for the Buckeyes. Not only are there starting spots on the line, but backup spots too. The Spring Game can really help push a player to the top of the depth chart.

With the game on Saturday, there are three players who could benefit the most from a good showing. All of these guys are fighting for starting spots and need every bit of good film they can produce, even if the final depth chart won't be decided until Fall.

Some of these guys are transfers and some of these guys have been in the program for a while and are trying to bust through to the top of the depth chart. Either way, Saturday will go a long way to proving to the coaches that they deserve more playing time.

The first player on this list had a shot to grab a starting job in the Cotton Bowl but got hurt.

1. Devin Brown

Devin Brown made it very clear that he still thinks he can win the starting job. He had a shot to win it in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri but hurt his ankle in the first quarter. He left the game and never got another shot to come in and take the job by the horns.

The problem for Brown was that he didn't look very good in that bowl game before he got hurt. Brown has also never had to pass in any sort of pressure situation. His experience doesn't really help him considering the quarterback he's fighting against has way more experience than he does.

Will Howard has almost three years of starting experience in a power conference. This is his final year of eligibility, He didn't choose the Ohio State football program to sit the bench. That's what is going to make things so hard for Brown to overcome. He needs to play really well.

If Brown balls out in the Spring Game, he can give Ryan Day something to think about. By all accounts, he's looked good in practices this Spring. This will be the first Spring Game he's been able to play in while in contention for a starting spot since he was hurt last year during the battle.

It would take an otherworldly effort from Brown and a really bad game from Howard, but that's certainly possible. Brown was a five-star recruit for a reason. He's a good player and has a lot of talent. He's not going to go quietly into the night.

The next player who can benefit from a great game could potentially be blocking for Brown or whoever wins the starting quarterback job.