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Will the Buckeyes Burn Any More Redshirts This Year?
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — Ohio State is now eight games into the season, which is generally the point of no return for burning a freshman's redshirt. However, if all goes as planned, the Buckeyes still have seven games left to play, so it makes that redshirting decision a little bit more malleable.

Only four of Ohio State's 25 signees in the 2015 class have seen the field this year, but several others have been close. What are the possibilities that other freshmen see the field this year and get rid of their redshirts? To answer that question, we take a look at the entire freshman class and examine the possibilities a little more closely.

Joshua Alabi DT

Detroit, MI
Cass Tech

Larry Johnson was close to burning the redshirt of one of his three freshman defensive tackles and said last week that he hadn't made up his mind on which one it would have been if he decided to do it. That's good news in that all three are relatively close to each other in terms of readiness. The plan here, however, is for Joshua Alabi to redshirt.
A.J Alexander TE Burke, VA
Lake Braddock
A.J. Alexander is redshirting this season. Urban Meyer has said on numerous occasions that the freshmen tight ends aren't close to being ready yet. Alexander played wide receiver in high school, so he's still learning all of the ins and outs and ups and downs of blocking inside and outside.
Damon Arnette DB Ft. Lauderdale, FL
St. Thomas Aquinas
Damon Arnette arrived to Ohio State with a leg injury that was going to keep him out for the season, so he is definitely redshirting this year. They could have maybe used him this season considering how thin they are at safety.
Jerome Baker LB Cleveland, OH
Benedictine
The redshirt was removed from Jerome Baker recently so that he could help out on special teams. Had the Buckeyes not had their injury issues, they would have been able to redshirt him like they have fellow walkout linebackers Darron Lee and Chris Worley.
Rashod Berry TE Lorain, OH
Lorain
In the same boat as A.J. Alexander, Rashod Berry is not yet ready to help out at tight end and so he is redshirting. Berry is a terrific athlete but is still learning the finer points of playing tight end for the Buckeyes.
Branden Bowen OT Draper, UT
Corner Canyon
Branden Bowen is redshirting as most offensive linemen do. The staff loves his potential and he already looks like a collegiate tackle.
Matthew Burrell Jr. OG Woodbridge, VA
C.D. Hylton
Urban Meyer said a few weeks ago that Matthew Burrell was close to playing, but at this point he will redshirt. Don't be surprised if he enters the spring in the two-deep at one of the guard spots.
Joe Burrow QB Athens, OH
Athens
Joe Burrow is redshirting as every freshman quarterback has done under Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Next season will be the first chance that he has to really compete for a spot as he and Stephen Collier will battle to be J.T. Barrett's backup. (Assuming Cardale Jones leaves for the NFL, of course.)
Nick Conner LB Dublin, OH
Scioto
Nick Conner was one of the stars of the spring at middle linebacker, but an injury has sealed his fate and he is redshirting this year. It would have been interesting to see if he could have made an impact on special teams this season. He should be Raekwon McMillan's backup next season.
Jashon Cornell DE Saint Paul, MN
Cretin-Derham Hall
An early enrollee, Jashon Cornell participated in winter workouts and spring football, but he is still redshirting because in case you haven't noticed, the Buckeyes are pretty good at defensive end.
Kevin Feder OT Ramsey, NJ
Don Bosco Prep
At 6-foot-9 and 300 pounds, the intrigue surrounding Kevin Feder is immense. But he won't be seeing the field this season for the Buckeyes as he continues to learn the ropes on the offensive line. Even though he made the trip to Rutgers last week, he will be redshirting.
Torrance Gibson WR/QB Plantation, FL
American Heritage
Torrance Gibson recently lost his right to wear the Ohio State uniform, but Urban Meyer was confident that he would earn it back soon enough. After practice on Wednesday, Meyer spent a few minutes talking to Gibson (who was in uniform) at midfield. Afterward, Gibson was smiling and talking with receivers coach Zach Smith and quarterback J.T. Barrett. Even though it appears that the typical freshman tensions have been eased here, it would still likely take a couple more receiver injuries before they would finally put him out there and take his redshirt.
Eric Glover-Williams CB Canton, OH
McKinley
Eric Glover-Williams is actually one of the few freshmen to play this season, mostly on special teams. Given the depth concerns in the secondary, he may also begin seeing some time there as well.
DaVon Hamilton DT Pickerington, OH
Pickerington Central
DaVon Hamilton is currently redshirting barring a couple more defensive tackle injuries. It looks like both he and Joshua Alabi are a step behind Robert Landers.
K.J. Hill WR North Little Rock, AR
North Little Rock
Urban Meyer has said recently that K.J. Hill is the next freshman to have his redshirt burned, but at this point that is unlikely to happen without an injury to a receiver or a special teamer. He has been close to playing all season long, but right now the Buckeyes don't have enough footballs to go around to their upperclass receivers, let alone a true freshman.
Justin Hilliard LB Cincinnati, OH
St. Xavier
Justin Hilliard was close to having his redshirt removed in order to help out on special teams, but the staff went with Jerome Baker instead because he earned the spot. Hilliard will redshirt and start the spring as Dante Booker's backup at Will.
Dre'Mont Jones DE Cleveland, OH
St. Ignatius
A knee injury during a basketball game cost Dre'Mont Jones his freshman season as a Buckeye. He was seen walking back in full pads with Larry Johnson after practice recently and the two were having a good talk. Johnson has said it's too soon to know if Jones will stay at defensive end or move to the three technique. What we do know, however, is that we won't see Jones until the spring.
Robert Landers DT Huber Heights, OH
Wayne
Larry Johnson brought Robert Landers to the Rutgers game in case the Buckeyes lost another defensive tackle, but he didn't see the field so his redshirt is still intact. Landers will be on call for the rest of the season, however, especially these next few weeks without Tommy Schutt. It would still be a bit of a surprise if Landers plays this year.
Liam McCullough LS Columbus, OH
Kilbourne
Liam McCullough worked his way into the two-deep as a true freshman, but the full intention here is for him to redshirt.
Josh Norwood CB Valdosta, GA
Valdosta
Kerry Coombs has played two freshmen cornerbacks, but Joshua Norwood has not been one of them. He will be redshirting at this point, which has helped numerous Buckeye cornerbacks before him.
Isaiah Prince OT Greenbelt, MD
Eleanor Roosevelt
Isaiah Prince is Ohio State's No. 2 right tackle this season and has seen action in several games this season. He very well could be Taylor Decker's heir apparent at left tackle next season. There are many around the program who believe Prince will eventually be an All-American at Ohio State.
Grant Schmidt OL Sioux Falls, SD
Roosevelt
An early enrollee, Grant Schmidt has worked at both tackle and guard in practice, and maybe even a little center if I remember correctly. Regardless, he is redshirting this season in order to get stronger and get better.
Alex Stump WR Lakewood, OH
St. Edward
There hasn't really been much said about Alex Stump this season, but that's not a huge surprise given that fact that he was coming off of a foot injury that cost him his senior season in high school. He is redshirting and will be expected to contribute next season. Zach Smith loves his size and speed.
Denzel Ward CB Macedonia, OH
Nordonia
Denzel Ward is currently Ohio State's No. 4 cornerback and has played in seven of Ohio State's eight games this season, both on defense and on special teams.
Mike Weber RB Detroit, MI
Cass Tech
The Buckeyes would have almost certainly played Mike Weber this season if not for a torn meniscus in fall camp. That injury slowed him down quite a bit and by the time he was full go the season was nearly half over. He will redshirt this season barring an injury because the Buckeyes don't even have enough carries for a backup running back right now.
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