Three Ohio State football players with the most to lose from a poor Spring Game

The Ohio State football team will have its Spring Game on Saturday. These players really can't afford a bad showing in that game.
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18)
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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The Ohio State football team is gearing up for the Spring Game this weekend. It will be the first time that the fans can see the team in person. It will also be the first time that a Spring Game from anyone is on network television as FOX will be broadcasting the game at noon.

This game represents an opportunity for a lot of players to earn playing time or to solidify their spot on the depth chart. We went through the players who have the most to gain from Saturday's game. There are some players who have a lot to lose with a poor showing as well.

All of these players are battling for a starting spot in 2024. A poor showing in the Spring Game would all but doom their opportunities to win those staring jobs. Coincidentally, all of these Buckeyes are on the offensive side of the ball where more spots are open for grabs.

The first player is the presumed starting quarterback for this season.

1. Will Howard

Will Howard didn't come to the Ohio State football program to ride the bench. He came to lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship and compete for a national championship. Coming into the Spring, he is the presumed starter once the Fall rolls around.

Nothing he has done so far in practice changes that, but some players behind him have played well to close the gap. Both Devin Brown and freshman Julian Sayin have looked very impressive in certain practices. They are not going down without a fight in this battle for the starting quarterback position.

A poor showing on Saturday would shrink the gap significantly between Howard and those two. That's especially true if they both end up playing well. Howard is the only one in the room who has started a regular season game in college though, so I expect him to play just fine.

Howard will get the first-team reps to start out the game. How long he stays in remains to be seen, but I expect him to get the least amount of reps of the quarterbacks who are competing for time. He doesn't need as many as the other guys do.

The next person on this list is someone that Howard could be throwing the ball to in the Fall.