Ohio State Depth Chart 2023: Breaking Down the Ohio State Football Roster for Week 5

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Expectations are high for Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2023 season. Coming off a hard-fought battle in the College Football Playoff semifinal against the Georgia Bulldogs, the Buckeyes will have championship-or-bust expectations placed on them.

They returned potential Heisman Trophy candidate wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who is among the most dynamic offensive weapons in the nation. This is head coach Ryan Day's sixth season with the Buckeyes.

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Ohio State Football Depth Chart 2023: Offense

Here's a look at the Buckeyes' 2023 offense:

Ohio State QB Depth Chart

StarterBackupThird StringFourth String
Kyle McCordDevin BrownTristan GebbiaLincoln Kienholz

There is a raging quarterback battle between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown. McCord made one start against Akron during the 2021 season, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-7 win. He won the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week for that performance. He was a four-star recruit.

Devin Brown was also a four-star recruit and the fifth-ranked quarterback from the Class of 2022. Brown didn't make much of an impact in 2022. He is expected to be in the backup role. The position seems to be McCord's to lose. Either will have a long way to go to replace No. 2 overall pick C.J. Stroud.

Ohio State RB Depth Chart

StarterBackupThird StringFourth String
Miyan WilliamsTreVeyon HendersonDallan HaydenChip Trayanum

The Buckeyes' top two backfield options will remain the same from last season. Miyan Williams ran for 825 yards on 128 attempts (6.4 average) last year while TreVeyon Henderson went for 571 yards on 107 attempts (5.3 average).

Williams did play in 11 games while Henderson was in just eight. Dallan Hayden will also get some of the workload. He rushed for 553 yards on 111 attempts (5.0 average). The weapons for Day's backfield will be similar but also dynamic.

Ohio State WR Depth Chart

XMarvin Harrison Jr.Carnell Tate
ZJulian FlemingJayden Ballard
SlotEmeka EgbukaXavier Johnson

Marvin Harrison Jr. is a generational talent and is expected to be a top-five pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Harrison Jr. finished with 1,263 yards last season and chipped in 14 touchdowns as well. He did that on 77 receptions (16.4 average). Harrison Jr. is expected to be the best wide receiver in the nation and will lead a stacked receiving corps. FanDuel has the latest Marvin Harrison Jr. Heisman odds at +3000.

Julian Fleming and Emeka Egbuka have garnered high praise as well. Fleming was the No. 1 wide receiver in the class of 2020 and the No. 4 overall player of that class. Fleming had just 533 yards last season but should take a jump as the second-best receiver. Egbuka finished second on the team with 1,151 yards. He will be among the team's top-three wide receiver options as well.

The top six receiving options will also be back for coach Day.

Ohio State TE Depth Chart

StarterBackupThird String
Cade StoverJoe RoyerGee Scott Jr.

Cade Stover will be the main tight end option and was a force last season, ending with 406 yards on 36 receptions. He had six receiving touchdowns as well. Stover stands 6-foot-4 and became the team's full-time starter last season.

Ohio State Offensive Line Depth Chart

Left tackleJosh FryarGeorge Fitzpatrick
Left guardDonovan JacksonVictor Cutler Jr.
CenterCarson HinzmanJakob James
Right guardMatthew JonesEnokk Vimahi
Right tackleTegra TshabolaJosh Simmons

The Buckeyes may not have the same starters along the offensive line, but they do have continuity as all five were with the team last season. Every backup except transfer junior Victor Cutler Jr. was with the Buckeyes.

This unit's dominance can best be seen by C.J. Stroud's sack percentage which was just 3% last year. That was lower than Bryce Young (4.5%) and Anthony Richardson (4.1%), both of which were other notable top-tier college quarterbacks. Expect this unit to be back to keep either Brown or McCord upright consistently.

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Ohio State Football Depth Chart 2023: Defense

Now, a look at the Buckeyes' 2023 defense:

Ohio State Defensive Line Depth Chart

Defense endJ.T. TuimoloauCaden Curry
Nose tackleTy HamiltonTywone Malone
Defensive tackleMichael Hall Jr.Tyleik Williams
Jack DE/LBJack SawyerKenyatta Jackson Jr.

Year over year, the Buckeyes defensive line does have some improvement to make. It finished with the seventh-fewest rushing yards against in the Big Ten, allowing 119.9 per game. This unit lost defensive end Zach Harrison to the NFL.

The team should get a boost from Jack Sawyer having another year under his belt. Sawyer was the No. 1 player from Ohio and the fourth-best defensive lineman in the class of 2021. Ohio State will return a key defensive end in J.T. Tuimoloau. He ended with 10.5 tackles for a loss (second most on the team) and 3.5 sacks (fourth most). Ty Hamilton did played in 13 games but recorded just 15 tackles. The level that Sawyer and Hamilton can get to will help determine how dominant this group is.

Ohio State LB Depth Chart

Mike linebackerTommy EichenbergCody Simon
Will linebackerSteele ChambersC.J. Hicks

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be returning both linebackers from a season ago. Tommy Eichenberg and Steele Chambers held down the defense last season, posting the team's most and second-most tackles, respectively.

Eichenberg ended with 120 tackles (77 solo and 43 assisted) while Chambers had (45 solo and 32 assisted). They respectively had 12 tackles for a loss and 6.5 tackles for a loss as well. As one can tell, these two were the heart of the defense, one that allowed just 21 points per game, the 17th-fewest in the nation.

Both players are redshirt seniors, so it will be pivotal for C.J. Hicks, a redshirt freshman, to be rotated in to keep the unit's experience afloat heading into next season.

Ohio State CB Depth Chart

Nickel cornerbackCameron MartinezJa'Had Carter
CornerbackDenzel BurkeJyaire Brown
CornerbackJordan HancockLorenzo Styles Jr.

All three of the Buckeyes' starting cornerbacks were with the program last season. Denzel Burke ended with 11 games and 24 tackles, the most of the three. Cameron Martinez was in 13 games and recorded 15 tackles with Jordan Hancock playing six games and totaling just five.

Hancock will take over for 2022 senior Cameron Brown in the second outside cornerback with Martinez taking over for Tanner McCalister. Burke is the only starting cornerback still on the roster from last season.

Ohio State Safety Depth Chart

Strong safetyLathan RansomSonny Styles
Free safetyJosh ProctorDavison Igbinosun

While the cornerbacks may be a relatively inexperienced group in terms of starting experience, the safeties will not be. Lathan Ransom ended the season with the third-most tackles in the team (74). He also notched 3.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks to go along with an interception and three passes defended. Ransom is listed as the starting strong safety.

Josh Proctor played in 13 games and ended with 21 tackles. He will be the free safety and has the big-time playmaking abilities to be able haunt opposing offenses. The only new face for this group is free safety Davison Igbinosun. He started his career with Ole Miss before transferring to Ohio State.

Ohio State Special Teams

KickerJayden Fielding
PunterJesse Mirco
Long SnapperJosh Ferlmann
Kick returnerXavier Johnson
Punt returnerEmeka Egbuka

Jesse Mirco is a junior and was the team's starting punter last season. There's really no question that will be the guy to start the season. Ohio State's dynamic offenses typically results in little action for punters.

John Ferlmann is the lone newcomer, a redshirt transfer. He will be the starting long snapper with Max Lomonico there for emergency opportunities. At kicker is Jayden Fielding. He will take over for Noah Ruggles, who was 74-of-75 on extra points and 17-of-20 on field goals. Fielding is a sophomore and played at IMG Academy. He was a walk-on player, earning his spot in the summer of 2022. Fielding is in a competition with senior Parker Lewis for the starting spot.

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Ohio State Coaches 2023

The Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff comes in with decades of experience. Ryan Day, outside of the shortened season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has won double-digit games in each year he's led the Buckeyes. Day has lost two games in each of the last two seasons. He will need to snap a now two-game losing streak in a rivalry between Michigan vs. Ohio State.

Brian Hartline, a former NFL and Ohio State wide receiver, has been paramount in creating one of the most electric receiver rooms in the country. He will serve served as the offensive coordinator for the first time this season, having been promoted from wide receivers coach. He recruited the likes of Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Jim Knowles is on the other side of the ball and joined the Buckeyes during the 2022 offseason. Knowles was with Oklahoma State as its defensive coordinator from 2018-2021. He will need to re-earn the trust of fans after Michigan dropped 45 on the Buckeyes at home on Nov. 26, 2022.

Ohio State Coaching Staff

  • Head coach: Ryan Day
  • Offensive coordinator: Brian Hartline
  • Defensive coordinator: Jim Knowles
  • Associate head coach/defensive line coach: Larry Johnson
  • Assistant head coach for offensive/running backs coach: Tony Alford
  • Run game coordinator/offensive line coach: Justin Frye
  • Secondary coach/cornerbacks coach: Tim Walton
  • Safeties coach: Perry Eliano
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Ohio State Athletic Director

The Ohio State AD is Gene Smith. He is a senior vice president for Ohio State as well and is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Smith was an administrative director at Arizona State before joining Ohio State in 2005.

Smith is the eighth person to hold the position for the Buckeyes. The presence of Smith and leadership of the long-time AD has been widely helpful for the Buckeyes' continually-growing football program, which is now valued at $1.5 billion.

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