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Ohio State-Penn State 2015 depth chart: Erick Smith left off depth chart

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The only change from last week's depth chart is backup safety Erick Smith being left off.

Another solid performance by Cardale Jones as he remains the starter against Penn State.
Another solid performance by Cardale Jones as he remains the starter against Penn State.
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Ohio State continues to stick with Cardale Jones as the lone starter. Jones looked much more comfortable against the Terrapins, throwing 21-of-28 passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns. He'll certainly remain the starter, but J.T. Barrett will be the new red zone quarterback for Ohio State after rushing for three separate touchdowns against Maryland.

No surprises at running back with Ezekiel Elliott as the starter. Elliott followed up his terrific performance against Indiana with another 100-yard rushing game against Maryland and two touchdowns of his own. Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball remain the backups.

Curtis Samuel, Jalin Marshall, and Michael Thomas are your starters at wide receiver. Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, and James Clark are your backups to the starters. Thomas had seven receptions for 107 yards while Marshall added 4 receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Braxton Miller remains the starter at H-back and had a really solid game against Maryland after struggling to get the ball in his previous outings. Miller provided some highlight plays and also produced five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Dontre Wilson remains his backup.

The tight end spot is firmly locked down by Nick Vannett, with Marcus Baugh listed as the backup once again. No change there, nor would I expect one for the remainder of the season, barring injury.

The offensive line stays the same up front, with Taylor Decker, Billy Price, Jacoby Boren, Pat Elflein, and Chase Farris (from left to right).

Switching to defense, from one end to the other, the starters on the defensive line are listed as Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, Tommy Schutt, and Tyquan Lewis. Sam Hubbard is the backup to Bosa, while Donovan Munger OR Tracy Sprinkle backs up Washington. Joel Hale OR Michael Hill back up Schutt, while Jayln Holmes backs up Lewis with Darius Slade closing that side of the line out.

The linebackers remain the same with Joshua Perry at weak outside linebacker, Raekwon McMillan in at middle linebacker, and Darron Lee finishing at strong outside linebacker.

At cornerback, nothing has changed as Gareon Conley and Eli Apple man the outside edges with Marshon Lattimore replacing the suspended Damon Webb for backup along with Denzel Ward. For safeties, the starters are still Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell. The only change on the depth chart is Erick Smith no longer the backup to Bell but instead Jarrod Barnes replaces him while Malik Hooker remains Powell's backup. Webb's suspension is still intact, but with the secondary's depth taking a hit due to injuries, one wonders how long Webb will stay suspended for.

Jalin Marshall remains the starter at punt returner. Dontre Wilson backup Marshall at punt return.

Jack Willoughby and Sean Nuernberger are still listed as starters with OR in between them for place kicking. Willoughby, however, seems to be the lone starter based off the opportunities and him being on the field for the entirety of the games this season. Willoughby missed on his only field goal attempt last Saturday, but also made all seven extra points. Johnston is still the starting punter and that won't change for the foreseeable future. Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel are the starters at kick return.