QB Braxton Miller
8-31-13 BUFFALO
9-14-13 at California
9-21-13 FLORIDA A&M
10-5-13 at Northwestern
10-19-13 IOWA
10-26-13 PENN STATE
11-2-13 at Purdue
11-16-13 at Illinois
11-23-13 INDIANA
11-30-13 at Michigan
Head Coach: Urban Meyer
12-0, 1 year

2012 Statistics

2012 RESULTS: 12-0
UCF WON 31-16
UAB WON 29-15
at Michigan State WON 17-16
at Indiana WON 52-49
at Penn State WON 35-23
at Wisconsin WON 21-14 (OT)

2012 Final Rankings
AP-3, Coaches-NR, BCS-NR



Off. Coordinator/QB Coach: Tom Herman (2nd season)
Previous: Iowa State Off. Coor./QB Coach

Co-Off. Coordinator/OL Coach: Ed Warinner (2nd season)
Previous: Notre Dame OL Coach

Def. Coordinator/LB Coach: Luke Fickell (12th season)
Previous: Akron DL Coach

Co-Def. Coordinator/Safeties Coach: Everett Withers (2nd season)
Previous: North Carolina Interim Head Coach

Running Backs: Stan Drayton (3rd season)
Previous: Florida RB Coach

Receivers: Zach Smith (2nd season)
Previous: Temple WR/Sp. Teams Coach

Tight Ends/Fullbacks: Tim Hinton (2nd season)
Previous: Notre Dame RB Coach

Defensive Line: Mike Vrabel (3rd season)
Previous: Ohio State LB Coach

CB/Special Teams: Kerry Coombs (2nd season)
Previous: Cincinnati DB/Sp. Teams Coach


Naysayers may point to the Buckeye undefeated season of a year ago, where they were ineligible for post-season play due to NCAA sanctions, and claim this team was a product of playing a poor schedule in a weak conference. Let's just assume such a statement may be true. If that is the case, don't look now but this 2013 Buckeye team with the same light schedule and same qualified players/coaches that are now eligible to play for a bowl game, should be a huge favorite to play for all the national marbles.

The first order of business will be to provide a passing attack that can match the running skills of quarterback Braxton Miller. In fact so much emphasis has been placed on improving this facet that the entire spring was a pass-heavy experience. If you think Braxton Miller was pretty good last year you haven't seen anything yet. With four of five starters returning to the offensive line, a much deeper and healthier set of ball carriers and what is expected to be a faster paced offense this fall...things are looking great in Columbus. Just getting accustomed to second year head coach Urban Meyer's spread offense will do wonders on its own. No longer are players just trying to adapt to a new system, but rather they appear to be adding different dimensions to their attack. At one point this spring, Ohio State experimented with a "diamond" offensive look, with three running backs lining up in the backfield with Miller.

What is most significant and what most likely prevents people from considering this a Top 5 preseason team is the fact that only four starters return on defense. The front seven has to replace six new starters and for the first time in 28 years the defensive line has to replace the entire group. However, many of these defensive questions were answered with a resounding reply this spring. Believe it or not, this defensive line has the potential to be one of the strongest units on this team. The big names to keep an eye on other than All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier are a set of defensive ends in Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence that some feel could represent the best pass rushers since Mike Vrabel and Matt Finkes wore the Scarlet & Gray two decades ago. This defense won't take any steps backward and that is a scary thought just knowing the offense is getting better by the days and weeks. The leadership that was lost could prove to be the only downfall.

Even while waiting for the star-studded recruiting class that Meyer hauled in this year to arrive, the Buckeyes appear to be much further ahead in all aspects than they were a year ago. But getting back to that schedule...other than a trip to Berkeley the first four of five games are at home. Ohio State will face one maybe two Top 25 teams all year with none of them projected to be a Top 10 product. In fact, this upcoming campaign looks to be more qualified to go 12-0 in the regular season than they did just last season. Urban Meyer may have left Gainesville, but he never left college football. He's still right there in the thick of every national championship race.

Projected 2013 record: 12-0

CB Bradley Roby
2012 Statistical Rankings
Total Off:
Sacks Allow:
Total Def:

Passing: Braxton Miller, 148-254-6, 2039 yds., 15 TD

Rushing: Braxton Miller, 227 att., 1271 yds., 13 TD

Receiving: Corey Brown, 60 rec., 669 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Carlos Hyde, 17 TD, 102 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: Drew Basil, 8-11 FG, 56-57 PAT, 80 pts.

Tackles: Ryan Shazier, 115 tot., 70 solo

Sacks: Ryan Shazier, 5 sacks

Interceptions: C.J. Barnett, 2 for 1 yd.; Bradley Roby, 2 for 49 yds., 1 TD

Kickoff Returns: Rod Smith, 13 ret., 23.3 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Corey Brown, 18 ret., 12.3 avg., 2 TD


2013 College Football Preview
OFFENSE: Zach Boren-FB/LB, Jake Stoneburner-H, Reid Fragel-OT
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)


  • Will the passing game improve? After working out with a quarterback specialist this off-season, Braxton Miller shined in a pass heavy spring looking much more comfortable throwing the deep ball successfully. The mechanics, which have been priority one, seem to have come a long way.
  • Miller was the Big Ten Offensive Player of The Year last fall despite completing just 58.3 percent of his passes. This team will throw it more but Miller's legs will always continue to be a big part of what the nation's No. 10 ranked rushing offense tries to accomplish.
  • Kenny Guiton is in his fourth year with the program and is a more than capable backup. He has been marvelous when stepping in for an injured Miller on multiple occasions including a masterful late game overtime win against Purdue last October. Guiton has the athleticism to do well in this spread offense when called upon.


  • Head coach Urban Meyer says that big 242-pound power back Carlos Hyde can be as good as any running back in the country. He is entrenched as the starter after rushing for 970 yards and a team leading 16 touchdowns in his first season as a full-time starter in this spread offense.
  • UPDATE: Carlos Hyde has been suspended the first three games due to an off-the-field incident this summer.
  • An improved passing game and a pair of healthy knees make Hyde a more dangerous threat. There is also the matter of the increased role of the H-back in this offense...a hybrid receiver/running back. Defenses will need to account for that position while taking some of the defensive heat off of Hyde.
  • Rod Smith has moved his way up to be the clear No. 2 on the depth chart ahead of Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball, showing that he can make a difference in the game when filling in for Hyde.
  • Injuries to starters Hyde and Jordan Hall last season forced coaches to use the quarterback more than they would have liked in the rushing attack. With no proven depth there was no confidence in the other options. That won't be the case in 2013 as the depth factor is much more plentiful. This unit will also be bolstered by heralded incoming freshman recruit Ezekiel Elliott out of St. Louis.


  • The expectations for Corey "Philly" Brown are through the roof after a breakout season in 2012. The most reliable target in the passing game has worked to become a complete package and looks more comfortable now in the second year of coach Meyer's spread offense. Brown will move from playing the slot to outside flanker where he will be expected to make more plays.
  • This unit came under much scrutiny last season but according to all spring reports the group has taken major strides and much like the running backs seems to boast more depth. The Buckeyes are expected to employ four or five wideouts in certain sets.
  • Once again Michael Thomas dazzled in the spring game leading the team in catches just like he did the previous spring. But coaches say he is still in the developmental phase and is not yet where he needs to be. But Thomas is certainly capable of making highlight plays.
  • The eye-catcher this off-season has been senior Chris Fields at the hybrid-slot position where he earned his way to being the starter after filling in for an injured Jordan Hall. His career hasn't been much to talk about thus far and Field's emergence this spring has been an encouraging sign.
  • A freak summer accident and an injured knee in the third game prevented Jordan Hall from being the team's projected top playmaker last fall as a senior running back. He gets another chance with a medical redshirt and will man the hybrid slotback position. Early in the spring Hall was looking like the same super star. However injuries forced him to miss more spring ball and Chris Fields has played his way into this spot.
  • Devin Smith is one of the fasted guys on the team and has scored 10 receiving touchdowns to his credit so far, including three that went for over 60 yards last season. He gives the Buckeyes a legit deep threat option.


  • Coach Meyer knows a thing a or two about the tight end position having coached former John Mackey Award winner Aaron Hernandez at Florida. Meyer claims this current tight end area is the best he has ever had. Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett are both good receivers and excellent blockers. Both will be considered co-starters although Heuerman is proving to be more of a playmaker.
  • Meyer also praised his tight ends to some degree last year although they never translated into much success. Whether they live up to the lofty expectations this time around remains to be seen but all signs point to the tight ends finally emerging as a regular part of the Buckeye offense.


  • Four senior starters return from an offensive line boasting a combined 80 cumulative starts while averaging 6'5 and 308 pounds per man. This unit was clicking on all cylinders at the end of last season.
  • Look for left tackle Jack Mewhort to be the player to step up and be a leader of this football team. The senior has led by example on the field and with attitude.
  • Maybe the biggest offensive question is who will replace Reid Fragel at right tackle. Taylor Decker and Chase Farris battled all spring for the spot, but Meyer declined to name either the definitive starter. At this point Decker currently holds the slight edge over the converted defensive lineman heading into fall camp but both have struggled.
  • Under this coaching staff Corey Linsley has grown into arguably the best returning center in the Big Ten.
  • Preseason All-American Andrew Norwell has the left guard spot down to a science. He is not going to lose many one-on-one matchups and continues to prove why he was a five-star recruit coming out of Cincinnati.
  • Despite all the experience coaches surprisingly seem to think this unit is the one with the most concerns exiting spring practice. Mewhort and Linsley didn't play in the spring game for mostly precautionary reasons which made the offensive line struggle to protect the quarterback while giving up 11 sacks.


OG Andrew Norwell


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Braxton Miller-Jr (6-2, 215) Kenny Guiton-Sr (6-3, 208)
RB Carlos Hyde-Sr (6-0, 242) Rod Smith-Jr (6-3, 238)
WR Devin Smith-Jr (6-1, 198) Michael Thomas-So (6-2, 199)
WR Corey Brown-Sr (6-0, 187) Evan Spencer-Jr (6-2, 206)
H Chris Fields-Sr (6-0, 200) Jordan Hall-Sr (5-8, 197)
TE Jeff Heuerman-Jr (6-6, 250) Nick Vannett-So (6-6, 255)
OT Jack Mewhort-Sr (6-7, 308) Darryl Baldwin-Jr (6-6, 307)
OG Andrew Norwell-Sr (6-6, 319) Eric Kramer-Jr (6-4, 295)
C Corey Linsley-Sr (6-3, 297) Jacoby Boren-So (6-2, 287)
OG Marcus Hall-Sr (6-6, 315) Tommy Brown-So (6-3, 310)
OT Taylor Decker-So (6-7, 315) Chase Farris-So (6-4, 300)
K Drew Basil-Sr (6-2, 210) ..




  • For the first time in 28 years the Buckeyes will be replacing all four of their starters on the defensive line. Despite this fact don't expect much of a drop-off in production or depth levels. This unit has emerged as one of the team's strong points.
  • Defensive ends Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence have been extremely impressive all spring and combined for seven sacks in the spring game. Washington stole the show with four sacks from his new position on the strong side. Not to be outdone, former five-star recruit Spence recorded three sacks on his own. This duo is a hot topic in Columbus due to their complete domination that has been taking place.
  • At tackle Michael Bennett and Joel Hale emerged as the team's top replacements for Johnathan Hankins and Garrett Goebel, although Tommy Schutt missed a good portion of spring practice with an injury. Also, 340 pound converted offensive lineman Chris Carter is beginning to make some moves and will be a part of the rotation.


  • Linebacker was a concern last year and three of the six linebackers on the two-deep are gone, including starters Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino.
  • Plantation Florida native Ryan Shazier emerged as an All-Big Ten selection last year and is now ready to put his name on the national scene as yet another long tradition of great OSU linebackers continues to roll on. The team's returning leading tackler and sack producer is your typical hard-nosed Buckeye backer.
  • Curtis Grant is locked into the middle linebacker spot. Once considered a can't-miss five-star All-American recruit out of Virginia, his career thus far just has not panned out. At present Curtis Grant has been labeled one of the top performers on defense this spring and will solidify one of the most significant spots on the Buckeye defense.
  • David Perkins is a speedy linebacker out of South Bend, IN who filled in for Shazier this spring as he recovered from off season hernia surgery. Joshua Perry is also one of the new players coaches will be leaning on to fill one of the voids at linebacker.
  • The Buckeyes are going to be in nickel two-thirds of the time so the top order of business will be to find the second-best linebacker outside of Shazier.


  • This secondary is the one unit that possessed the least amount of question marks heading into the spring with three starters returning. This was still the Big Ten's second worst pass defense in 2012.
  • Senior safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, who will each return for their third season as starters, are being counted on as team leaders on and off the field.
  • The corners have as much talent as any unit on the whole team. All-American Bradley Robey decided to bypass the NFL Draft to repeat a campaign that saw him average a nation-high 1.73 pass breakups per game. Robey is not considered a lock down corner, but he has that knack for finding the ball.
  • Finding someone to fill the shoes of departed Travis Howard at the other corner was the top priority. Rarely did Howard come off the field. In steps Doran Grant who traded in a less impressive fall display for an impressive spring. The fact that he took a hold on this spot was a promising sign.
  • The Buckeyes have been experimenting with some dime sets with two safeties at the inside "Star" position.
  • Redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell was one of the biggest surprises this spring for a team that appears to be loaded in the secondary. With a tantalizing mix of athleticism and 6-foot-3 size, coaches plugged him in with the first-unit in the nickel package during the spring and haven't been disappointed in the results.
  • Early enrollees Eli Appel and Cameron Burrows saw significant snaps this spring too. Burrows appears to have a leg up but both could become a mix in the cornerback rotation.


LB Ryan Shazier


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Adolphus Washington-So (6-3, 292) Steve Miller-Jr (6-3, 252)
DT Joel Hale-Jr (6-4, 309) Chris Carter-So (6-4, 341)
DT Michael Bennett-Jr (6-3, 285) Tommy Schutt-So (6-2, 303)
DE Noah Spence-So (6-3, 247) Jamal Marcus-So (6-2, 230)
WLB Ryan Shazier-Jr (6-1, 222) David Perkins-So (6-2, 228)
MLB Curtis Grant-Jr (6-3, 241) Camren Williams-So (6-1, 231)
SLB Joshua Perry-So (6-4, 243) Craig Fada-RFr (6-0, 226)
CB Bradley Roby-Jr (5-11, 193) Armani Reeves-So (5-10, 197)
CB Doran Grant-Jr (5-11, 191) Cam Burrows-Fr (6-0, 202)
SS C.J. Barnett-Sr (6-1, 203) Corey Brown-Sr (6-1, 201)
FS Christian Bryant-Sr (5-10, 192) Ron Tanner-So (6-0, 200)
NB Tyvis Powell-RFr (6-3, 201) Adam Griffin-So (5-8, 183)
P Drew Basil-Sr (6-2, 210) Frank Epitropoulos-RFr (6-1, 200)



  • One area that remains a top concern is that of punter with Ben Buchanan graduating. After recruit Johnny Townsend de-committed from Ohio State on National Signing Day, the Buckeyes are down to kicker Drew Basil and wideout Frank Epitropoulos as their options.
  • Drew Basil handled the punting for both teams in the spring game. Afterwards coach Meyer admitted he has some worries about the punting game which will be one of the top three question marks for 2013. Epitropoulos punted in high school and can boom the ball but coaches have noted his has a ton of work to do if he wants in the mix.
  • Basil has been the team's place kicker in each of the past two seasons. He connected on eight of his 11 field goal attempts last season, after hitting 16-of-19 for the Buckeyes as a sophomore in 2011.
  • Key specialists include punt returner Corey Brown, who ranked 16th nationally with a 12.2 average last year, including two big touchdown returns.