Ohio State is looking to replace a number of players from the 2015 team that went 12-1 and won the Fiesta Bowl. Nowhere is that more obvious than at running back and along the offensive line.
Workhorse Ezekiel Elliott is no longer in the backfield for the Buckeyes and running backs coach Tony Alford must fine a suitable replacement or a group of backs that can in some way replicate Elliott's performance. The contenders for that role are senior Bri'onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Mike Weber while true freshman Antonio Williams has drawn positive reviews.
Dunn has spent his career behind Carlos Hyde and Elliott, saying that watching those backs have helped him over his time in Columbus.
While Dunn is in contention to fill the vacancy created by Elliott's departure new offensive line coach Greg Studrawa is looking to replace three starters along the offensive line. Jamarco Jones and Isaiah Prince have been working as the first-team left and right tackles, respectively, while Pat Elflein is entrenched at the center position. Billy Price has moved from left to right guard, for now, while a number of players are in contention for the final guard spot.
That includes true freshman Michael Jordan who enrolled in classes this January. Studrawa was unsure if he's ever started a true freshman on the line, but said Jordan has a shot.
For his part, Jones said he has grown into the role as a left tackle learning behind Taylor Decker, who is still ready to offer advice while he prepares for the NFL draft.