Meyer reveals depth chart, talks leaders

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer met with the media Wednesday and unveiled a post-spring depth chart. It didn't contain a lot of surprises.

Some of the most interesting items from the depth chart -- and Meyer's comments -- included:

  • Doran Grant has risen to co-starter status with Travis Howard at cornerback.

  • Spring game sensation Michael Thomas is listed as the backup to Devin Smith at receiver, with Corey Brown and Evan Spencer the other starters there. But Meyer didn't have great things to say about the receivers, calling them one of the most unprepared groups he's ever coached, though they have gotten better. He said they have enough talent "to be functional."

  • Jordan Hall is the starting running back, ahead of Carlos Hyde. Not a big surprise there, given Hall's versatility and fit in the Meyer offense. Meyer also said fullback Zach Boren will get carries. "He is someone who can wiggle in space. He is much better than I thought. He can catch and carry the football.”

  • Adam Bellamy is ticketed to start at one defensive end spot, with Nathan Williams -- who's coming back from microfracture knee surgery -- listed next to him in parentheses. Michael Bennett is a backup defensive lineman even though Meyer praised his spring performance. "He’s listed as a backup to Johnathan Hankins but that may not necessarily be the case in the fall. It’s hard for me to say that he isn’t one of the four best.”

  • Freshman Taylor Decker is pushing Reid Fragel at right tackle. The offensive line shaped up as expected, but Meyer singled out center Corey Linsley for praise. "He was a surprise on offense, but not really a surprise. I just hadn’t seen him play. But he is a journeyman-to-starter player. He has the potential to be a very good player.”

  • Meyer also stressed the need for leadership, saying that aspect obviously wasn't very good last year when several seniors earned suspensions. “Talent will get you seven or eight wins. Discipline gets you to around nine. Leadership is when the magic starts happening.”