Spring ball is finally here for Ohio State. There are a lot of position battles that are taking place. A ton of guys either graduated or left early for the NFL, players like Chase Young, J.K. Dobbins and Jeff Okudah. Big shoes to fill. The best thing about the position battles is the fact a ton of guys got a lot of playing time during the 2019 season. Let’s take a look at couple intriguing position battles for 2020 spring football.
The biggest news coming out of this position group is the return of Shaun Wade. However losing Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette will be tough to replace but there are few guys that can step into those roles. Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown and Tyreke Johnson are the expected players to step up. Banks and Brown saw quality time in 2019 during mop up duty for most of the season. Banks had 10 solo tackles, 1 INT and 3 pass break ups. Brown had 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 pass break up. Tyreke Johnson had 3 tackles all on special teams. Question remain which of the three will fill Okudah and Arnette position or could it be the two highly recruited freshman in Lejond Cavazos or Ryan Watts who are two of the fourteen freshmen who early enrolled.
After losing safety Jordan Fuller to graduation it will be Josh Proctor’s job to lose! Josh Proctor showed a lot of promise and flash last season in his role. Proctor’s hit on Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan in the final seconds of the Big Ten title game was one of the few plays that really put into perspective how good Proctor can be. Marcus Hooker looks to be his backup. Hooker has played mainly on kickoff and on other special teams formations.
For the past two seasons the Buckeyes have lost three senior wide receivers. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are the two receivers that will receive the majority of the playing time. Olave and Wilson look to be the two locks to start. As for the slot position it could either be Jaelen Gill or Demario McCall. However, with Master Teague III out with an injury could McCall move back to running back? As for backing up Olave and Wilson a couple guys who have been around the program could potentially grab those spots are Jameson Williams and Jaylen Harris. Both guys have shown flashes, whether in spring games or in blowout victories.
The wide receiver position is also bringing in the highest ranked set of guys in the history of Ohio State football. Julian Fleming, Mookie Cooper, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Gee Scott Jr. All highly talented and all very gifted athletes. The question remains can they all produce on the field? If so it should be a fun spring when these four hit the field on April 11, 2020.
With the spring game just a little month away look for head coach Ryan Day up the intensity for the rest of the spring to get ready for fall camp.