5 Players to Watch for the Ohio State Buckeyes in Spring Practice

These young Buckeyes could emerge as potential starters at key positions

Ohio State begins spring practice on March 6, with the final practice culminating in the spring game on April 14. While head coach Urban Meyer has a talented roster returning, reinforced with an incoming recruiting class ranked among the nation's best, there are several position battles that will bear watching throughout spring practice. It is not entirely conclusive that these position battles will be resolved by the spring game, but these practices will certainly help to solidifying standing within the depth chart.

 

Below are five players worth keeping an eye on throughout spring practice. Some of these names may not be entirely familiar to the casual college football fan, but they are well-known to the traditional Ohio State fan. Depending upon their performances in spring football, these players may become household names during the 2018 season.

 

Isaiah Pryor, S

Going into his sophomore season, Pryor has an opportunity to win a starting safety job, with 2017 starter Damon Webb moving onto a possible NFL career. A highly ranked recruit who enrolled early in 2017, Pryor played in 12 games as a true freshman, contributing 13 tackles, one of which was a quarterback sack.

 

Baron Browning, LB

Coming into his sophomore season, it is not a question of if Browning will play, but more accurately, where? Browning played in 12 games in 2017, recording 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Browning is athletic enough to play either of the outside linebacker spots, as well as possibly manning the middle linebacker position, which is responsible for making the defensive calls for the unit.

 

Rashod Berry, TE

Entering his redshirt junior season, Berry has moved from tight end (2015) to defensive end (2016), back to tight end last year. It is not entirely impossible that Berry could be moved back to defensive end, based upon the coaches' perception of the depth chart as the spring unfolds. But with Marcus Baugh having expired his eligibility in 2017, Berry should be the front-runner for the starting tight end position in 2018. If Berry is able to make plays like the one below happen frequently, odds are that Berry will be a part of the offense this fall.

 

 

Brady Taylor, C

A redshirt fifth-year senior, Taylor is the leading candidate to take over the vacant center position from NFL-bound Billy Price. While Taylor has received the endorsement of Price, and was listed as the backup last season, other players such as Matthew Burrell or true freshman Matthew Jones will be heavily in the mix for this job. This could be a position battle that is not resolved until fall camp.

 

Thayer Munford, OT

A sophomore, Munford was the final player added to the illustrious 2017 recruiting class. Even though he was the last to sign, Munford was continually singled out by teammates, Urban Meyer and the coaching staff for his strong play, elevating the freshman to the second spot on the depth chart. With the probable move of 2017 starter Isaiah Prince over to left tackle, the right tackle spot could be there for the taking.

 

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He also is writing and podcasting for www.theozone.net. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 22:36

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