2023 OSU Football | Fall Camp Complete

August 25, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Things about the Ohio State Buckeyes Fall Camp. 

1 – Still No Starting QB Named

I read various reports and everybody seems to be in agreement that Ohio State has two good options in Kyle McCord and Devin Brown.  Head Coach Ryan Day has also mentioned in pressers that the staff is 50/50 on who should start. There does not seem to be any panic whatsoever, so that is good.

What is odd to me is that no one is raving about either quarterback and there does not seem to be any excitement about the quarterback position which on this late date I do find strange.  For a team full of talent on offense and no hype at the quarterback position, it can make some Buckeye fans feel a little uneasy and that is understandable.

2 – Loaded On Offense

Now, moving past the quarterback position, everybody is raving about the talent at wide receiver and running back.  The elite and obvious talent of Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka at receiver would be alone enough, but the depth at the position has been reported across the board that the two or three deep have elite talent as well.

Excitement about the running backs has been reported by multiple reporters as well.  The SI FanNation page calls the running back room the deepest depth at the position for Running Back coach Tony Alford in his tenure led by a healthy TreVeyon Henderson. 

Finally, all questions about the offensive line going into the offseason have been put to rest as well as they have looked good so far in practices.  

The Ohio State offense is not just ready but seems to jump off the page with elite talent at most positions.

3 – The Defense 

At the beginning of the 2022 season, all of the Ohio State worries were on the defense heading into the season and the worries were pushed aside until the very end with the last two games.  

Heading into this coming season according to multiple reports the defense is not just better, but making a big step forward.  Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles really likes the defensive end position and even said “We have four ends there that I think are as good as anyone in the country.”

For a long time, Ohio State was known for turning out players in the secondary to the NFL year in and year out.  Last year was a unique season where no one stood out in the secondary.  Let’s see if the Buckeyes get someone to stand out in 2023.

Stopping the big plays on defense has been a major focus starting with Coach Day, and time will tell on that front.  That said, there seems to be confidence that the defense will be improved in 2023, which was different from how journalists felt heading into 2022. 


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