Ohio State's spring is winding down as the Buckeyes spring game is just over a week away.
The team is trying to replace a number of departing stars while looking to the returning players to lead the young Buckeyes. No two position groups highlight that disparity than the quarterbacks and the offensive line. Tim Beck has J.T. Barrett back at quarterback, giving Ohio State a veteran at the most important position on the field. Larry Johnson, meanwhile, is breaking in three new starters along the defensive line.
Beck spoke about having Barrett back at quarterback as well as the development of the inexperienced signal callers behind him.
Barrett is returning after a fifth-place finish in the Heisman two seasons ago and is looking to return to that form after splitting time with Cardale Jones last year. Barrett spoke about how far he has come in his time at Ohio State.
While Barrett is back for the Buckeyes, Johnson is tasked with replacing Joey Bosa, one of the most successful pass rushers in Ohio State history. The defensive line coach spoke about that challenge and the young linemen coming into their own this spring.
One of those linemen to come a long way in his time at Ohio State is defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle. The linemen had some off field issues that nearly made him leave the program but he has developed into a player the Buckeyes will count on this fall.
Sam Hubbard exploded onto the scene last season in a reserve role. He's continued to add muscle in his time at Ohio State and is finally comfortable at defensive end after beginning his college career at safety.
Jalyn Holmes also contributed in spot duty for the Buckeyes last season but the junior will need to elevate his play this year.
Tyquan Lewis is the lone returning starter along the line after leading the team in sacks last season. He is sitting out this spring as he rehabs from shoulder surgery and is doing his best to lead while not being able to fully participate. Lewis knows that with Bosa gone his job will be more difficult in 2016.