Urban Meyer has done an amazing job in his first two months on the job, but where do things stand specifically with specific player needs?
SAFETY: All three top contributors return from last season, and there are several younger players waiting for a chance. A very deep position for 2012.
Orhian Johnson: A contributor for the better part of three seasons, Johnson's play has been average, but has not gotten significantly better. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.
C.J. Barnett: A starter the past two seasons, and last year was the first back from a serious knee injury. Barnett should be ready for stardom next season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.
Christian Bryant: A contributor and part-time starter since his freshman season. Bryant was up and down last season, but has a world of talent and should be greatly improved this season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.
Corey Brown: Returns after spending most of last season rehabbing a serious knee injury. Brown was starting to show promise prior to the injury. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.
Zach Domicone: Played mostly special teams in his career, although he did see time at safety following injuries. Not considered to be a factor for next season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.
Jamie Wood: A talented player, but one that has not seen any meaningful playing time to date. Would be considered a backup for next season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.
Ron Tanner: A player who redshirted last season, but was a highly-rated prospect coming out of high school. Could press for backup duty next season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.
Devan Bogard: Four-star recruit, and a redshirt candidate or a possible special team player.
Tyvis Powell: Three-star prospect, and a candidate to redshirt next season.
Najee Murray: Could factor in at cornerback, especially with that position being thin in numbers.
POSSIBILITIES FOR 2012:
Demetrious Cox: Will decide on Signing Day. Four-star prospect.
Bam Bradley: Another Signing Day decision.
POSSIBILITIES FOR 2013:
Leon McQuay: Armwood (FLA) athlete, and a visitor last year.
Jayme Thompson: Toledo Central Catholic athlete, and a prospect with offers.
SUMMARY OUTLOOK: Lots of candidates and lots of depth, for today and in the future. Bradley and Cox would both be considered luxuries, not necessities. The outlook is bright.