Hot 11: Post Army West Point

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Scott Stuart

We said going into the Army West Point game that the game film would not show much that could be used moving forward on defense as the Buckeyes will not face the triple option again for many years (don't think Urban Meyer wants another service academy to make the schedule).

But we still did learn a lot of things from the game. The Buckeyes found out they have even more linebacker depth with the emergence of Tuf Borland to fill in for Chris Worley. The Buckeyes already knew that they had a star with J.K. Dobbins. In a small sample size in the final drive, the Buckeyes finally got to see Dwayne Haskins on the field and throwing four passes.

Dobbins is a fixture on the list so far through several weeks. Borland and Haskins will each have their times at some point, just not this week.

We update our Hot 11 list, some players moving up, some moving down and some either debuting or returning to our 'stock report' of the top-11 players on the team based upon what we have seen.

Check out our list and talk about it on The Horseshoe Lounge.

Post Army West Point Hot 11

Rank

Name

Why

1.

Tyquan Lewis

This is going to be a week where it will be hard to look at the Army game and say that it did a lot to move defensive players around just due to the nature of the triple option. Tyquan Lewis went into this week as the top player and remains there. Next week against UNLV will be a truer test for the defense in terms of seeing systems that most of college football run. Last Week: 1

2.

Billy Price

Opening up holes for the running game? Check. The Ohio State offense ran for 270 yards in the game. Keeping the quarterbacks clean. Check. Army did not record a sack. It appears that the move to center for Billy Price has been smooth and painless. Last Week: 2

3.

J.K. Dobbins

Dobbins continues to look like one of the nation's top running backs as a true freshman. Mike Weber falls off the list because he just did not get many carries but Dobbins ran for 172 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns. His back-to-back runs of 22 and 52 yards in the second half were really the turning point of the game. Last Week: 5

4.

Nick Bosa

Bosa recorded a TFL against Army but Saturday's game was not a place for defensive ends to showcase their games as over-pursuit is the exact opposite of trying to contain and play assignment football. Bosa does not slide much as he moves back one spot. Last Week: 3

5.

J.T. Barrett

The most polarizing guy in college football? That would be safe to say around the Ohio State fan base at least. Barrett threw for 270 yards and two scores while rushing for 32 yards and a score. Oh, and Barrett broke the Big Ten mark for touchdowns responsible for a career. Hard not to move him up after all of that, even if Army does not bring a Big Ten level defense to the table. Last Week: 10

6.

Jamarco Jones

See the entry for Billy Price. The offensive line is not playing perfect football yet but they are very low down on the list of concerns of Ohio State fans. Jamarco Jones has been a steady performer. Last Week: 7

7.

Dre'mont Jones

The Buckeyes shuttled players off and on so much that it is hard to keep track of how many snaps everyone had. Jones slides back a little on the list but that is just a result of Ohio State's most recent opponent. Last Week: 4

8.

Sam Hubbard

At the risk of being redundant, not much else can be said here. Hubbard did what was called upon him but was not going to get big stats as a defensive end going against the triple option. Last Week: 6

9.

Parris Campbell

While a player like K.J. Hill had a bigger game against Army in terms of results, Campbell has been close to making the list all season long and a six reception for 54 yard day was enough to put him over the top. Campbell also had a touchdown taken off the board due to a penalty. If Hill continues to be targeted like he was on Saturday, expect his rise to the Hot 11 to be quick. Last Week: NR

10.

Drue Chrisman

Fans of offense and defense don't want to see a punter on the list but that's where we are at. Chrisman has been pretty impressive in his 12 punts this season with eight inside the 20-yard-line, three of them 50-plus yards and forcing seven fair catches. Last Week: NR

11.

Denzel Ward

There were about six players vying for this last spot but Denzel Ward got the nod as someone who had been on the list before. The Buckeyes only faced eight pass attempts and allowed two catches. The team is better with at least one DB on the list. Let's see how things look after the UNLV game. Last Week: NR

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