Throughout the weeks leading up to the 2015 Ohio State spring game, I had written ten articles where I ranked my concerns about Ohio State heading into the 2015 season. These articles were written from lowest concern to highest concern, primarily based upon players lost to eligibility or injury.
A couple weeks have passed since the glorious spring game, allowing
me to contemplate and reflect upon what I saw during the spring game, as
well as what I had written prior to the game. Were my concerns
Here are my top three concerns as Ohio State prepares for the influx
of freshman talent in their 2015 recruiting class to arrive upon campus
in June, gearing up for the all-important summer workouts that will be
key to the Buckeyes’ 2015 national championship hopes…
3. Wide Receiver: Corey Smith had a terrific spring game, and Michael Thomas was sidelined due to a surgery procedure. Why am I ranking this wide receiver position higher than my earlier concern?
Quite simply, losing Devin Smith as a consistent deep threat is
something that will need to be demonstrated in true game competition.
Corey Smith had some moments in the spring game, but I am skeptical
about the consistency aspect that has plagued him in the past. We shall
see if Corey Smith becomes the deep threat that is necessary for Ohio
State’s passing offense to flourish.
2. Tight End: Nick Vannett is the listed starter, and could be
primed for a big senior year, provided he stays healthy throughout the
season. Marcus Baugh would have to be considered the second-string
tight end heading into summer workouts. Why am I ranking this position higher than my earlier concern?
Plain and simple, Baugh did not play in the spring game, due to a
stomach virus that sidelined him. The lack of experienced depth has me
concerned, but incoming freshmen Rashod Berry and A.J. Alexander may
have opportunities to get playing time in the early portion of the
1. Defensive Tackle: Yes, my earlier concerns about defensive tackle
heading into spring practice remain my top concern heading into the
summer and fall. Ohio State did not truly emphasize the run in the
spring game, so it would be difficult to gauge how effective the
interior defensive linemen are at shutting down the run. Tommy Schutt
did not play in the spring game, so there is another factor in not being
able to accurately see the position group at full strength. With the
Virginia Tech game on September 7th, Ohio State fans such as myself are
going to have to be in a true “wait and see” mode as to how strong the
defensive tackles are for the 2015 Buckeyes.