April 16, 2013

Hot 11: Post Spring

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Spring Practice is over and done with and now the Ohio State football team is on their own to get better and work on "The Chase".

Players like Braxton Miller, Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby will continue to be the face of this team in the national eye but Buckeye fans know that it will take a team effort if Ohio State wants to build on its 12-game winning streak from the 2012 season.

Normally we focus on only 11 players in our Hot 11 feature but this spring required us to look a little deeper at the team due to some injuries and players being held out of the spring game. It would not be fair to not recognize the players who were held out of action for one reason or another and in the same argument, it would be unfair not to recognize players who need to be on the list.

1. Braxton Miller
6-2, 215 pounds
Showed a lot of growth as a passer and leader during spring practice. 16/25, 217 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT (ran for 1 TD as well) during the spring game.
2. Bradley Roby
5-11, 192 pounds
Roby had a solid spring but was held out of action in the spring game. The junior cornerback turned down the NFL to return for this season and is primed for a big season.
3. Ryan Shazier
6-2, 222 pounds
Shazier was slowed during spring ball after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia. There is no denying his importance to the team and he will not be dropped on the list due to a surgical procedure.
4. Carlos Hyde
Running Back
6-0, 242 pounds
Hyde was held out of the spring game but is going to be the starting running back for the team. Was 30 yards short of the 1,000-yard plateau last season. Even with a crowded backfield, should get to 1K this season.
5. Jack Mewhort

Offensive Tackle

6-7, 308 pounds
It was important to get experience to younger linemen during the spring game and Mewhort's role as the left tackle and leader of the line is already cemented.
6. Noah Spence
Defensive End
6-3, 247 pounds
Spence is one of the players who helped himself the most during spring ball. The young lineman was already going to be counted on to emerge with the loss of four starting linemen from last season. Had 4 tackles and 3 sacks in the spring game.
7. Andrew Norwell
Offensive Guard
6-6, 319 pounds
Norwell is another veteran lineman that didn't need a lot of seasoning in the spring game but the opportunity to play in Cincinnati was important for the Queen City native.
8. Corey Brown
Wide Receiver
6-0 187 pounds
Brown has worked on his consistency as a pass catcher and had 5 receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown from Braxton Miller. Will be one of the leaders in the receiver room as the Bucks prepare for the '13 season.
9. Adolphus Washington
Defensive Lineman
6-3, 292 pounds
Washington is another player who helped himself tremendously during the spring and led all defenders with 4 sacks during Saturday's showcase. Both Washington and Spence had shown flashes last season and now will be asked to keep the light on consistently.
10. Christian Bryant
5-10, 192 pounds
Bryant is another veteran player who has gone through spring ball several times and was asked to lead by example.
11. Devin Smith
Wide Receiver
6-1, 198 pounds
Smith has a history of being the 'big play' guy but the Buckeyes will need more than just the one highlight moment a game out of Smith. During the spring game, Smith had 5 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown reception.
12. Jeff Heuerman
Tight End
6-6, 250 pounds
The entire tight end group had a big spring and Jeff Heuerman edged out Nick Vannett by a nose in the rankings. Urban Meyer has always liked to use the tight end in his offense and the Buckeyes now have three valuable weapons moving forward.
13. Corey Linsley
Offensive Center
6-3, 297 pounds
Linsley has done it all while at Ohio State, having played pretty much every position on the line and has now settled in as one of the league's best centers.
14. C.J. Barnett
6-1, 203 pounds
Barnett is another veteran defender that will be asked to lead both on and off the field. Barnett has always had a reputation of being a ferocious hitter but he has also started to earn accolades for being a smart defender.
15. Josh Perry
6-4, 243 pounds
Perry is looking to step into one of the vacant linebacker spots this season and saw a good amount of playing time last season. It will be difficult to get Perry off the field after seeing him this spring.

Others Receiving Votes: Rod Smith, Curtis Grant, Nick Vannett, Kenny Guiton, Michael Thomas, Chris Fields


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