2013 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Zach Boren-FB/LB, Jake Stoneburner-H, Reid Fragel-OT, Jordan Hall-RB
DEFENSE: John Simon-DE, Garrett Goebel-DT, Nathan Williams-DE, Storm Klein-MLB, Etienne Sabino-OLB, Travis Howard-CB, Orhian Johnson-S, Ben Buchanan-P, Johnathan Hankins-DT (NFL)
QB Braxton Miller
Quarterback / Running Game

Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller and his fleet-footed 1,271 yards rushing will return with a heavy stable of running backs including All-Conference senior Carlos Hyde. The offensive line is stacked too. What more could Columbus ask for?

Defensive Line / Passing Game

The Buckeyes lose all four of their starters on the defensive line including two future first round NFL picks in John Simon and Johnathan Hankins. Smash mouth football is great, but it would be beneficial if Miller and a cast of veteran receivers could do more throwing the ball. The offensive line is also giving up way too many sacks. This is a pure running team that just has had difficulty adjusting to an aerial plan. Look for this aspect to get better.

CB Bradley Roby
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2013 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Braxton Miller-Jr Kenny Guiton-Sr
RB Carlos Hyde-Sr Rod Smith-Jr / Bri'onte Dunn-So
WR Devin Smith-Jr Michael Thomas-So
WR Corey Brown-Sr Evan Spencer-Jr
H Chris Fields-Sr ..
TE Jeff Heuerman-Jr Nick Vannett-So
OT Jack Mewhort-Sr ..
OG Andrew Norwell-Sr ..
C Corey Linsley-Sr ..
OG Marcus Hall-Sr ..
OT .. ..
K Drew Basil-Sr ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Spence Noah-So Tommy Schutt-So
DT Adolphus Washington-So ..
DT Michael Bennett-Jr Joel Hale-Jr
DE J.T. Moore-Jr Steve Miller-Jr
OLB Ryan Shazier-Jr ..
MLB Curtis Grant-Jr ..
OLB Joshua Perry-So Camren Williams-So
CB Bradley Roby-Jr Doran Grant-Jr
CB Adam Griffin-Jr ..
S Christian Bryant-Sr ..
S C.J. Barnett-Sr Corey Brown-Sr
P .. ..


  • With a full season in the Urban Meyer offense, quarterback Braxton Miller will be even more dangerous. Miller set an Ohio State quarterback record with 1,271 yards rushing and that record is likely to get broken again by the same guy before his college time is done. If Miller wishes to be a true Heisman front runner, the passing game will need a ton of work. Completing less than 60% of your passes won't cut it.
  • This will be the Big Ten's top rushing attack and that speaks volumes. The offensive backfield is crowded with oodles of talent. The All-Conference Carlos Hyde leads the pack. Oh yea, and that Braxton Miller kid can run too.
  • The offensive line is stacked. Smash mouth football at it's best in Columbus and Woody Hayes is giddy from above the Horseshoe.
  • The defensive line is not stacked anymore. Four completely new starters have to be found after tackle Johnathan Hankins declared early for the NFL while John Simon was the best defensive player in the Big Ten at any position.
  • The entire front seven on defense gets retooled and proven depth won't be as plentiful. Although linebacker Ryan Shazier, the former Florida recruit who followed Meyer, is one of the top talents in the conference leading the Big Ten in tackles for loss. The great linebacker tradition continues regardless of who coaches.
  • All-American cornerback Bradley Roby heads a veteran secondary. This unit actually struggled hard trying to cover opponents last year. Fixing this has to be one of the coaching staffs top priorities given the potential here.
  • The learning curve should get easier with this new coaching staff. Repeating a 12-0 regular season will be difficult given the losses on the defensive side. No one is saying it's not possible however given the weakness of the Big Ten and the non-conference schedule.



Aug. 31 - Buffalo
Sept. 7 - San Diego State
Sept. 14 - at California
Sept. 21 - Florida A&M
Sept. 28 - Wisconsin
Oct. 5 - at Northwestern
Oct. 19 - Iowa
Oct. 26 - Penn State
Nov. 2 - at Purdue
Nov. 16 - at Illinois
Nov. 23 - Indiana
Nov. 30 - at Michigan