Though Ohio State has plenty of uncertainty on its young roster, tight end and linebacker are two of the position groups with the clearest pecking order just three practices into the fall.
Those two units and their position coaches spoke to the media following practice Tuesday. Here is a sampling of what they had to say.
Ed Warinner is in his first fall as tight ends coach while also coordinating the offense. He spoke about that transiton and how comforting it is to have a leader like J.T. Barrett running things under center.
In Warinner's new position group Marcus Baugh is the unquestioned starter ass he is the only tight end on the team who has on-field experience with Ohio State. The junior spoke about his new role as a leader of his unit.
On the other side of the ball, Luke Fickell remains one of two men leading the defense and the man responsible for coaching the linebackers. While the Buckeyes lost a pair of starters from the middle of the defense in Josh Perry and Darron Lee, they appear in good shape with replacements Dante Booker and Chris Worley. Even more calming for Fickell is the fact that middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan is back at middle linebacker.
The coach spoke about what he expects from the three probable starters at linebacker.
While he is a presumed starter, Booker also spoke about Jutin Hilliard, the player pushing him for playing time. The veteran linebacker also addressed what he wanted to improve on this offseason and what he learned from playing against Penn State last season.
Like Booker, Worley isn't making any assumptions about his position as a starter for the Buckeyes. He spoke about filling Lee's shoes and addressed which young linebackers have stuck out early in fall camp.