Three underclassmen who will impact the Ohio State football team

The Ohio State football team has a lot of older players who will impact the team this year, but there are some underclassmen who will help the Buckeyes too.
Mar 5, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Jeremiah Smith (4), Kai Saunders
Mar 5, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Jeremiah Smith (4), Kai Saunders / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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3. Carson Hinzman

As a freshman, Carson Hinzman started every game at center. It was an up-and-down freshman season, which is expected with a young player. Sometimes he had good games with solid blocks and no messed-up snaps, and sometimes he did. it varied from game to game.

When you consider the fact that Hinzman had never played center before, even in high school, it was a pretty good season. Now he's a sophomore and is ready for a good season with a year of experience under his belt. The problem is that he's fighting for a starting spot.

Hinzman is fighting with Seth McLaughlin for the starting center position. In the Spring Game, McLaughlin started at center and Hinzman was at right guard. That's also a possibility for next season. Personally, I think that's the best combination on the offensive line.

The offensive line is going to have a lot of attention on it this year. It was the worst unit on the field a year ago and was one of the biggest reasons why the Ohio State football team fell to Michigan. The entire unit has pressure on it and HInzman does too.

I think Hinzman is going to bounce back and play really well this season. He is probably going to shift back to his natural position at guard. He should play a lot better at that position than he did at center as a freshman. Despite his uneven play, he's still a very talented offensive lineman.


All of these Ohio State football players should play a big role in the 2024 season. Expect all of them to play a lot and play well.