Ohio State’s two-deep roster vs. Buffalo

Ohio State’s two-deep depth chart for the Buffalo game this Saturday was released earlier today, and there are not much in the way of surprises.

But the one that did surprised me is that Chris Fields was listed first at “H-B,” short for Hybrid Back. You know, the position made famous by Percy Harvin when he was coached by Urban Meyer at Florida.

Last season, Fields played in eight games and had just four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown, but that lone TD was one of the more memorable ones last year when he scooped up Kenny Guiton’s pass with two seconds left to force overtime against Purdue.

Granted, it’s the first week of the season and that things can very well change, but with the suspensions to running backs Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, I was expecting Dontre Wilson to be starting at “H-B” since Jordan Hall will likely get the bulk of the carries at running back.

Ideally, I think head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman who like Hall at the “H-B” position, but that’s going to have to wait a few weeks.

Also on offense, former defensive end J.T. Moore is listed third at tight end.

Defensively, Purdue transfer Rashad Frazier from Middletown, Ohio, is listed with Joey Bosa as the backup to Adolphus Washington at defensive end, and sophomore Joe Burger, a preferred walk-on from Cincinnati, Ohio, is in the mix at middle linebacker.

OFFENSE

LT
74 Jack Mewhort (6-6, 308, Sr.)
76 Darryl Baldwin (6-6, 310, Jr.)

LG
78 Andrew Norwell (6-6, 316, Sr.)
57 Chase Farris (6-4, 308, So.)

C
71 Corey Linsley (6-3, 297, Sr.)
50 Jacoby Boren (6-2, 290, So.)

RG
79 Marcus Hall (6-5, 315, Sr.)
65 Pat Elflein (6-3, 295, Fr.)

RT
68 Taylor Decker (6-7, 315, So.)
66 Kyle Dodson (6-6, 310, Fr.) OR
55 Tommy Brown (6-4, 308, So.)

TE
86 Jeff Heuerman (6-6, 252, Jr.)
81 Nick Vannett (6-6, 255, So.)
8 J.T. Moore (6-3, 260, Jr.)

WR (X)
10 Corey “Philly” Brown (6-0, 190, Sr.) OR
9 Devin Smith (6-1, 198, Jr.)
83 Michael Thomas (6-3, 202, So.)

QB
5 Braxton Miller (6-2, 215, Jr.)
13 Kenny Guiton (6-3, 208, Sr.)

RB
7 Jordan Hall (5-9, 191, Sr.)
25 Bri’onte Dunn (6-0, 220, So.) OR
28 Warren Ball (6-1, 222, Fr.)

H-B
80 Chris Fields (6-1, 200, Sr.)
1 Dontre Wilson (5-10, 180, Fr.)
17 Jalin Marshall (5-11, 199, Fr.)

WR (Z)
6 Evan Spencer (6-2, 206, Jr.)
82 James Clark (5-9, 185, Fr.)
84 Corey Smith (6-1, 191, Jr.)

DEFENSE

DE
92 Adolphus Washington (6-4, 295, So.)
97 Joey Bosa (6-6, 275, Fr.) OR
94 Rashad Frazier (6-4, 278, Jr.)

NG
51 Joel Hale (6-4, 310, Jr.)
90 Tommy Schutt (6-1, 299, So.) OR
72 Chris Carter (6-4, 340, So.)

DT
63 Michael Bennett (6-3, 285, Jr.)
90 Tommy Schutt (6-1, 299, So.)
77 Michael Hill (6-2, 305, Fr.) OR

VIPER
8 Noah Spence (6-3, 252, So.)
34 Jamal Marcus (6-2, 240, So.) OR
88 Steve Miller (6-3, 255, Jr.)

LB
10 Ryan Shazier (6-2, 230, Jr.)
36 Trey Johnson (6-1, 220, Fr.)
38 Craig Fada (6-1, 235, So).

MLB
14 Curtis Grant (6-3, 243, Jr.)
48 Joe Burger (6-2, 235, So.) OR
44 Mike Mitchell (6-3, 222, Fr.)

SLB
37 Joshua Perry (6-4, 246, So.)
55 Camren Williams (6-1, 231, So.)

CB
26 Armani Reeves (5-10, 198, So.)
19 Gareon Conley (6-2, 185, Fr.) OR
16 Cam Burrows (6-0, 205, Fr.)

FS
2 Christian Bryant (5-10, 193, Sr.)
20 Ron Tanner (6-0, 200, So.)

SS
4 C .J. Barnett (6-1, 204, Sr.)
3 Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown (6-1, 203, Sr.)

CB
12 Doran Grant (5-11, 191, Jr.)
13 Eli Apple (6-1, 194, Fr.)

NICKEL
23 Tyvis Powell (6-3, 207, Fr.)
7 Vonn Bell (5-11, 190, Fr.)

SPECIALISTS

K
24 Drew Basil (6-2, 212, Sr.)
39 Kyle Clinton (6-1, 220, Jr.)

P
95 Cameron Johnston (5-11, 190, Fr.)
24 Drew Basil (6-2, 212, Sr.)

LS
56 George Makridis (6-2, 234, Sr.) OR
41 Bryce Haynes (6-4, 220, So.)

H
13 Kenny Guiton (6-3, 208, Sr.)

PR
10 Corey Brown (6-0, 190, Sr.) &
7 Jordan Hall (5-9, 191, Sr.)

KR
7 Jordan Hall (5-9, 191, Sr.) &
1 Dontre Wilson (5-10, 180, Fr.)

About Matt Barker

Matt Barker began blogging on the Buckeyes for the web site, AllSports.com, back during Ohio State's championship year of 2002. Going out on his own, Mr. Barker began Buckeye Banter in August of 2003, now in its 10th year.