Ohio State’s spring practice is around the corner. The Buckeyes have already started training for the 2016 season and the team will begin spring practice March 8. With nine underclassmen and a number of seniors departing from the 2015 team that went 12-1, there are plenty of questions surrounding the 2016 Buckeyes. BuckeyeSports.com is taking a look at some of the young players suiting up for Ohio State this spring and what they have to gain between now and the Spring Game on April 16.
What Gibson Has Done: When Torrance Gibson arrived on campus at Ohio State, he was a quarterback with the possible potential of Terrelle Pryor. Standing 6-4, Gibson’s athletic ability was too great to keep him on the bench behind the likes of Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, so after a meeting with Gibson, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff decided to get Gibson reps at wide receiver in fall camp. However, Gibson battled minor injuries and rumors of him leaving the program swirled around after he failed to see the field in 2015 but Gibson’s chances to crack the two-deep seem to be increasing.
What The Coaches Are Saying: “Probably September-ish is when he really grew up. I love Torrance Gibson. I think it’s a future without, I use this comment sometimes, I don’t see a ceiling. I would love to use him at quarterback slash (wide receiver) because he’s that good of an athlete. So this spring is going to be big. But his maturity level from the day he walked on campus to now is, I can’t be more proud of what that young guy did. I’m actually glad, I didn’t know you got to talk to him, but very mature compared to what he was.” – Urban Meyer
Why Gibson’s Important: Ohio State no longer has the services of Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall and the while the talent pool left in Columbus is still deep, it's largely unproven. Noah Brown is likely the Buckeyes' choice as the No. 1 receiver, but after that the competition for playing time seems to be wide open. While he is inexperienced at the position, Gibson might have, like Meyer said, a very high ceiling and with enough hours in Zach Smith’s room could blossom into a talented wide receiver.
What Gibson Has To Gain: Playing time. For a player with the athletic ability of Gibson, sitting on the bench is not something he is used to. It does not appear that another season of sitting on the bench is something he will be doing and at some point in 2016 will likely crack the two-deep depth chart. The spring game could tell us a lot about where he stands in his development as a wide receiver and where he might stand on a depth chart in comparison to a crowded yet inexperienced wide receiver group.