THE Ohio State University 2012 Scouting Report HOW WILL OHIO STATE LOOK WITHOUT PRYOR AND BERRY? This is the big question in Columbus these days. As record breaking QB Terrelle Pryor and record breaking RB Jamaal Berry have carried their talents on to the NFL it is a new line up with a lot of youth and new faces. Coach JFunk says he will adapt accordingly. While not making any drastic changes in philosophy he will make sure the playcalling is appropriate to most effectively utilize the current talent. Talented redshirt junior Justin Siems(85 ovr) will take the reins at QB. He has been in the system for a while and has a good grasp of the offense. He is 6'3" 220 so he has the size and durability to withstand the onslaught of hits he is sure to take from opposing D's. While he is talented, he is not Terrelle Pryor and just needs to make sure he does not get the team beat. Replacing Berry will be senior Carlos Hyde(90 ovr) and redshirt junior Jordan Hall(90 ovr). Both men are talented and have a different skill set to bring to the table. Coach JFunk hopes to incorporate both into the running game to get the most out of his running game. Hyde is the bigger, stronger of the two at 6'1" 234 but Hall is a step faster and shiftier. Should be a pretty good combo for OSU with redshirt senior Jermil Martin(97 ovr) returning at FB. The offense at a whole looks pretty good. The offensive line will be rebuilt so it may turn into the weakness of offense. The receiving corps and TEs are very good so that should help Justin Siems be effective when he is called on to pass. The WR corps has two explosive playmakers coming back. seniors James Jackson and Duron Carter(both 95 ovr) look to be key targets for Siems in the passing game. They will be complimented by redshirt sophomore Zac McGrew(86 ovr). Coach JFunk intends to make the TE's a key part of the offense this season as well. The Buckeyes have two very good TE's in redshirt senior Jake Stoneburner(99 ovr) and redshirt senior Nic Dilillio(90 ovr). They should be very dangerous weapons on the offense. The offensive line could be hit or miss this season. A lot of new faces and inexperience could be disastrous against a good front 7. The Buckeyes will look to use TE's and RB's to help with blocking to adjust to these possibilities. The starting OL looks like this: LT-redshirt sophomore David Richards (82 ovr), LG-redshirt sophomore Ron Peterson(87 ovr), C-redshirt junior Jack Mewhort (97 ovr), RG-redshirt junior Marcus Hall(94 ovr), RT-sophomore Greg Dawson. The tackles will be the weakness while the inside is pretty solid anchored by big Jack Mewhort. The Buckeye defense will be fairly strong this season and will rely mostly on a 4-2-5 look. The front four will consist of: LE-reshirt senior Keith Wells(92 ovr), RE-redshirt freshman Andrew Bowser(82 ovr), DT-redshirt senior Willie Mobley(99 ovr), DT-redshirt junior John Simon(91 ovr). The defensive line will miss Lomardi winner Melvin Fellows at the RE, they do feel good about freshman Bowser and his potential. But the strong DTs look to be the strength of the line and will cause opposing teams trouble. When OSU is in their base 4-2-5 set look for the two LB's to be redshirt junior Dorian Bell(98 ovr) and redhsirt junior Storm Klein(95 ovr) or possibly redshirt junior Adam Homan(94 ovr). These guys should be sideline to sideline and will help stuff the inside run. They will be counted on to blitz, drop back in coverage, and also spy the QB when OSU plays one of the many teams around with a running QB. The defensive backfield looks to be very strong for OSU. The two starting CBs will be redshirt senior Travis Howard(99 ovr) and redshirt junior C.J. Barnett(95 ovr). They will be complimented by redshirt junior Cory Brown(93 ovr) in the nickel package and redshirt junior Dominic Clarke(89 ovr) in the dime package. Coach JFunk feels they match up well against any receiving corps in the country and should make it easier to take risks up front and be more aggressive on defense. The 4-2-5 implements two SS's. Those two SS's look to be redshirt junior Jamie Wood(92 ovr) and redshirt sophomore Randy O' Brien(82 ovr). Ohio State implemented this defense last season and likes how it looks so far. Coach JFunk has said he doesn't quite have the players in place he needs just yet but when he gets them he believes it will be a very tough defense. Patrolling centerfield will be redshirt senior FS Orhian Johnson(94 ovr). He will be the last line of defense and a very important player in the system. Special teams is still a bit of a weakness for Ohio State but you have to work with what you have. Taking on the kicking duties will be redshirt sophomore Eric Jones(81 ovr). And when I say the "kicking duties" I mean all of them. He will kick off, punt, and kick FG's. He is the best we have at the time. Number #1 return man will be James Jackson. He will be deep on punts and kickoffs. On kickoffs he will also have Duron Carter back deep with him. Big Jack Mewhort will also take on the long snapping duties. So from top to bottom the team is still solid this year. There are a few holes that will have to be worked around. The key will be to remember Terrelle Pryor is no longer in Columbus and Justin Siems must play within himself. Ohio State will adjust and hopefully can make a run at the Big 10 this year.