Here is a look at the projected depth chart on offense at the end of spring:
Starter: C.J. Stroud
In the mix: Jack Miller III, Kyle McCord
Head coach Ryan Day has not named a starter, but Stroud was the backup last season and appears to be at the front of the line for most of the spring. He and Miller have a slight experience advantage over McCord, who just arrived in February, but the true freshman can’t be counted out completely.
Day hopes to see someone grab the job but says he won’t rush a decision.
Starter: Master Teague III or Miyan Williams
In the mix: Marcus Crowley, Steele Chambers, TreVeyon Henderson, Evan Pryor, Xavier Johnson
Teague has the most experience, but Williams has displayed more natural rushing instincts in limited opportunities. Two will play and a third is likely to have a role. That could be Henderson, a five-star freshman who could be the most dynamic in the open field. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson praised his ability to catch the ball and to pick up blitzers, which would seem to open the door for Henderson to be an option as an old-fashioned third-down back.
This is an area depth can evaporate quickly, so no one should be counted out.
Ohio State coach Tony Alford on using a two-back system
Starters: Thayer Munford, Nicholas Petit-Frere (tackles), Paris Johnson Jr., Matt Jones (guards), Harry Miller (center).
In the mix: Dawand Jones, Josh Fryar, Luke Wypler, Enokk Vimahi, Ryan Jacoby, Zen Michalski, Trey Leroux, Grant Toutant, Ben Christman, Donovan Jackson
Wilson said he would like to have at least eight guys ready to go, citing Alabama having to go to their backup center in the National Championship Game as an example of why that is necessary.
There is hope Ohio State will be even deeper than that with older prospects Dawand Jones, Vimahi and Jacoby present and youngsters such as Fryar and Wypler on the rise. Jackson is the highest-rated OL recruit in the class and is due to arrive this summer from Bellaire, Texas.
Ohio State offensive line depth is impressive to coach Greg Studrawa
Starter: Jeremy Ruckert
In the mix: Cade Stover, Mitch Rossi, Joe Royer, Corey Rau, Gee Scott Jr., Sam Hart
Ruckert opted to come back for his senior season in hopes of maximizing his NFL Draft perception. He is considered an all-around talent while the others could be used in more specialized roles.
Stover and Scott are likely the best all-around athletes in the room, but they are both raw after starting their college careers at other positions. Rossi and Rau are seniors who can provide different things while Royer and Hart are youngsters still developing.
Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert on why he is still a Buckeye
Starters: Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba (slot), Chris Olave
In the mix: Julian Fleming, Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, Jayden Ballard, Kamryn Babb, Jaylen Harris, Ellijah Gardiner
Wilson and Olave are returning starters who made the All-Big Ten first team last year. Smith-Njigba is a five-star prospect who has risen in regard since arriving last year, and coach Brian Hartline has called Fleming perhaps the most talented receiver he has been around.
Harrison and Egbuka are highly-regarded true freshmen who impressed in the spring game, but the battle for snaps figures to be intense with some veterans still looking to finally make a mark.
Ohio State coach Brian Hartline on earning playing time this season for Buckeyes