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Urban Meyer released his two-deep depth chart during a press conference Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Meyer’s offensive depth chart includes 12 spots on offense, with three allotted to wide receivers. Sophomore Devin Smith, junior Corey Brown and sophomore Evan Spencer are listed in starting spots as wide receivers.
Other returning starters on offense include sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Jordan Hall, senior fullback Zach Boren, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior left guard Andrew Norwell. Redshirt junior Jack Mewhort, who started at right guard last season, is the new starter at left tackle.
Redshirt junior Marcus Hall, who started five games last season, is the new starting right guard. Redshirt junior Corey Linsley is the new starter at center, while converted tight end Reid Fragel, a senior, will start at right tackle.
The defense features nine returning starters. Senior left defensive end John Simon, junior Johnathan Hankins, redshirt senior nose guard Garrett Goebel and redshirt junior defensive end Adam Bellamy all return as starters. Redshirt senior Nathan Williams is listed as a co-starter along with Bellamy at right end.
Other returning starters on defense are redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, redshirt junior safety C.J. Barnett, junior safety Christian Bryant and redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard. Sophomore cornerback Doran Grant is listed as a co-starter with Howard.
Two sophomore linebackers will join the starting lineup on defense this year. Ryan Shazier is a starter at outside linebacker, while Curtis Grant is the starting middle linebacker.
Junior kicker Drew Basil and redshirt senior punter Ben Buchanan return as starting specialists. Buchanan is listed as the first-team holder, while redshirt junior George Makridis and redshirt freshman Bryce Haynes are co-starters at long snapper.
Meyer explained his decision to release the team’s two-deep depth chart in May, even though the first game is not until September.
“Our focus in August is not developing a depth chart, it’s trying to go win a game,” Meyer said. “The urgency was there this spring, especially after the players really were made well-aware of that your playing time will be determined in spring practice.”