Previewing the 2013 Buckeye Offense

By Jeff Beck on August 12, 2013 at 2:00p
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All signs point to the 2013 Ohio State Offense being one of the deadliest in recent memory. It’s the squad’s second year under Urban Meyer’s system (and you know what he does in year two), the group is led by a legit Heisman Trophy favorite in Braxton Miller and an incoming freshman class brings more of the speed and versatility that Meyer so desperately craves.

If all goes as planned, the Scarlet and Gray offense might set a few scoreboards on fire. So let's take a look at the arsonists.


Braxton Miller. Nuff said. No. 5 is poised and ready for a season that could be something special. Here’s what he had to say last month at B1G Media Days:

“I feel a lot more confident than what I was last year. With that big ole' playbook, we had the verbiage and things like that. Knowing how I was last year, it just changes my mindset. It's like, 'Dang, I know what I'm actually doing this year.' And it can change up the whole offensive gameplan. The plays are in my mind, and I (won't) second-guess myself.”

This is coming from a player who in his “less confident” year, led his team to a 12-0 mark, tallied a school record 3,310 yards of total offense, finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football (awarded to the B1G’s MVP) and was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Award as well as the Manning Award. Wow. Would hate to see what Miller can do with a little more swagger out there.

Much is expected out of Braxton, and he seems up to the challenge. However, if the unthinkable happens and Miller is injured, Meyer has a more than adequate backup in senior quarterback, Kenny Guiton. Show ‘em Kenny.

Offensive Line

The hogmollies up front look to be an intimidating group. Returning are starting seniors Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall. The right tackle spot is the only one still up for grabs, though it seems sophomore Taylor Decker has solidified that spot as of yesterday.

FastCould Dontre Wilson be a game-changer right away?

Gone are the days of 700 pound Jim Bollman linemen. Replaced with a leaner, meaner operation drawn up by strength coach Mickey Marotti and dietician Sarah Wick. The combination of a rigorous strength training program coupled with an extremely regimented intake allowed the line to lose 150 lbs of fat last season. The purge made them a quicker, stamina-rich group that outscored their opponents 222-147 in second halves and overtimes last year.

The unit will be led by an incredible coach in Ed Warinner who has worked with four separate offenses that led the nation in rushing. While Warinner has the majority of his line returning, depth could be a concern. Coach Meyer went so far as to say “The don’t look Ohio Stateish. We’re going to have to hang in there and not have guys get hurt. We have depth issues.”

Running Back

With the three game suspension of Carlos Hyde, a deep stable of running backs will have to step up to fill the void. According to Meyer “there’s no miss in (the) running back group” going on to state that the depth is huge. Leading that charge will be senior Jordan Hall.  Reports out of camp state that Hall will probably be the No. 1 guy heading into the first game against Buffalo. That title comes as no surprise – Hall was the starter last season before a rash of injuries cut his year short.

Behind him are an embarrassment of riches in Rod Smith who looked downright impressive at times, rushing for 215 yards on 32 carries with 2 TDs. Next up is Bri’onte Dunn. The big back out of Canton will be kicking off his sophomore campaign following a 25 carry, 133 yard and and 2 TD outing in 2012.

Redshirt freshman Warren Ball is also in the mix. Ball missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury, but has impressed out of the gate in 2013. Running Backs Coach, Stan Drayton, has called Ball the best open field runner on the team. Look for him to get a share of the carries in the first three contests.

Finally, highly touted incoming freshmen, Ezekial Elliott and burner Dontre Wilson round out the group. Don’t worry we’re not done talking about Wilson just yet.

Wide Receiver

Just two seasons removed from the “clown show” of 2011, the team’s top three receivers look to be Corey “Philly” Brown, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer. Brown led the team in receiving yards with 669 and 3 TDS tacking on 2 more in the punt return game and 1 rushing.

Devin Smith put together a 30 reception, 618 yards and 6 TD season in 2012 and will look to build on that momentum in 2013. Meanwhile Evan Spencer has been earning a lot of praise from Wide Receivers Coach, Zach Smith and Meyer who both stated the junior looks like a different player this season.

Behind those three will be senior Chris Fields, sophomore Michael Thomas, and incoming freshman Jalin Marshall who Smith said has shown flashes of greatness. All-in-all this group looks to be much more comfortable and improved in year 2 of Meyer’s system.

Tight End

Roughly four months ago Coach Meyer appeared on ESPN’s College Football Live Spring Bus Tour. During that interview, Meyer called this year’s tight end group, “the best (he’s) ever had.” Expectations are high with quotes like that from the head man, but junior, Jeff Heuerman and sophomore, Nick Vannett appear up to the challenge. Meyer said he plans to use both on the field in different packages to get the best players in the rotation. Vannett and Heuerman have both shown they can block and receive (Vannett tallied 9 receptions for 123 yards last season, while Heuerman racked up 8 receptions for 94 yards and 1 TD.

With versatile weapons like Heuerman and Vannett, another wrinkle is added to Tom Herman’s offense.


Last but certainly not least are the athletes on the squad. There are a few players who Meyer and Herman will try to get creative with. Right now, it looks like those individuals will be Jordan Hall, Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson.

Hall was the first on Meyer’s Buckeye squad to draw (possibly too early?) comparisons to Percy Harvin. Meyer has said he wants to utilize Hall in the H-back role, but as aforementioned, injuries have limited Hall’s playing time.

Coming in are two incredibly speedy freshmen in Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson. Marshall, a Rivals four star, was ranked the No. 1 athlete in the state of Ohio and played QB/RB for his Middletown H.S.

Then there's Wilson who appears to be the young phenom everyone is talking about at camp. QB Miller was the first to heap praise on the Texas native, stating:

“I feel like he better be starting this year. He can run any route, he can come in the backfield and take a handoff. … He can catch the ball and he bolts like a little fish running from the sharks or something. He's fast man. I'm glad to have him on my team.”

Meyer tried to curtail the hype during B1G Media Days, saying “We’ve got to slow down on Dontre,” but that was before Meyer had the chance to see him play on the practice field. Since Meyer has jumped on the praise train as well. The young gun was one of the first freshman to have his black stripe removed. In addition, when asked if Wilson gives the offense something it didn’t have last year, Meyer simply said, “Oh my gosh yes.” Urban will look to use Wilson as a running back, WR and punt returner. According to Wilson, he ran a 4.33, 40 at Ohio State. If that is true…look out.

So there you have it, your 2013 Buckeye offense in a nutshell. If they're half as explosive as they look on paper, this season could be something special.


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johnny11's picture

Our offense is going to be fun to watch. The running backs just make me laugh. We literally have 4 or 5 backs that could start on many other teams around the nation. This is going to be epic.

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Not a lot of talk about the Diamond formation lately. I think this may be intentional. It's probably not gonna be a huge part of the offense, so no need to proselytize its effectiveness, but it's probably really freaking hard to prepare for. Strong side/weak side, lead blockers, all that typical defensive pre-snap recognition goes out the window. The less it's talked about, the more certain I am it will come out only when needed, and when it does, look out. This is also why it's important/encouraging to hear about running backs blocking well in practice, because in the Diamond, they'll need to do so.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

My high school team used to run a diamond formation with Quinn Pitcock as a lead blocking running back in short yardage situations. Everyone in the stadium knew what the play was and where it was going, I don't recall it ever coming up short.

RedStorm45's picture

All the talk has been about Wilson through the first week or so of camp.  Oh, by the way, that #5 just may win a Heisman.  No big deal.
Heard James Clark when Urban talked about returners, but not much when WR's are mentioned.  Same with Corey Smith (still hoping for a Devin Smith, Corey Smith, Corey Brown trio at WR haha).

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InHartWeTrust's picture

Sounds to be like Clark needs to develop as a WR a bit more before he will get much action on O, from what I have read.  Could make an impact in the return game though.

avail31678's picture

Awesome preview.
Thanks, 11W, for continually coming up with ways to give us updates and info on our 2013 team, all the while getting us through every long day until the 31st. The write-ups are pumping me up too as we're hearing almost all good things.
The only thing I haven't heard a ton about is our linebackers.  I look forward to that when you do your preview of the defense...unless anyone has any info now?  Last I heard Mitchell was doing pretty well and will likely back up Curtis Grant.

ChicagoBuckeyeFan's picture

Can't want to see these guys on the field. Remember when we used to have to watch 40+ plays of between the tackles runs? This is gonna be exciting...we have speed!

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I want this season to start right Meow !!!!

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4thandinches's picture

Our offense seems to be loaded and ready to go except for the wideouts. It will be interesting to see how they perform knowing that this year Urban and Tom want to air-it-out more. 

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ExpatBuckeye's picture

Can't wait for the season to get started but I can't help but feel that there are still questions to be answered on offense:

  • For all of Braxton's talents, he was downright painful to watch sometimes "reading" the read-option last year.  It appeared often that he pre-determined his decisions on the read, especially in critical moments when he called his own number just about every time.  How much improvement will we see this year in that area?
  • We all hope we never get into a situation where we have to come from behind late or score fast but how much has Braxton improved in his ability to read the field in the passing game and throw an accurate ball down field?  And when he gets flushed out of the pocket how will his decision-making improve on whether to tuck-and-run or keep looking for a receiver (and take a sack)?

I want to hope for the best but we've seen in the past that some of the hoped-for, expected improvements don't materialize.  I can't even dare to imagine how good #5 will be if he fixes these two things -- scary good!
Go Bucks!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You ask important questions, but I'm not sure how relevant they'll be during the 12 game regular season.
Not saying that the Buckeyes will simply roll through undefeated because of the ups-and-downs and vagaries of college football, etc.; however, 80-90 percent of the time, this offense will simply be blowing fools off the field. I'm guessing that we'll have to wait until the postseason to get fuller answers to your questions.

ExpatBuckeye's picture

I wish I was as confident as you about the weakness of the opponents on our schedule.  I can't remember the last season we consistently blew fools off the field - especially conference fools.  I hope this is the year.

dublinbuckeye's picture

Expatbuckeye - really?  Watching Braxton is "painful" ?  Your big concern is that he gets better?   You know what is painful is fans like you who always find the negative. And why do I always seem to sit next to "that guy" at games?

ExpatBuckeye's picture

Dublin, your inability to read is even more painful.  I didn't write watching Braxton is painful.  I love watching Braxton play.  I wrote that watching him run the read-option without the "read" part was sometimes painful.  
Apologies that my post wasn't the unconditional, polyanna "we rock" reply you were hoping for.  But it wasn't at all negative.  Can't wait to see how much Braxton improves in those areas this year.

Bolt's picture

Fact is for most of the year Braxton was not making proper reads in the read-option game. He still had a lot of success because of how gifted he is. He did have long stretches in some games toward the end of the season where he was making great read after great read on the option and our RBs were ripping off runs of 10 yards a pop. He showed great improvement in his reads as the season went on and I have confidence he'll be even that much more improved heading into this season. I can't wait to see it because he was just learning on the fly last year. This year he's got everything down and it just comes down to executing what he now knows. Put that on top of those freakish abilities...scary.

saltybuck61's picture

I remember reading somewhere on this site that Braxton hardly ever made reads last year. All of those "read options" from last year were actually just designed keeps and handoffs. I could be wrong though. I can't wait to see what the offense will look like this year, especially if reads are added.

buckeyepastor's picture

The coaches were pretty outspoken, especially in the first half of last season, about how often Miller was making the wrong calls in the read-option game.   Even the announcers (Spielman and others) were noting during the season when Braxton kept when the defensive end's movement suggested a hand-off was needed.   I think it comes down to trusting those around him, and I am confident that has grown.    

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Expat - 
I share your concerns about Miller's reads from last year.   He did miss them, a lot, and fortunately made something out of those plays by his sheer athleticism.   I don't think we have one of the best O-Lines in the country, but I think that they are going to be quite good this year, which should help.   A lot has been made about how much better the QB and WRs and RBs will be with a year in the system under their belts.   I think that applies even more so with the Offensive Line.   
What does make me a bit anxious is that even though we finished the season 12-0 and undefeated, after gashing through most of the teams we played Wisconsin and Michigan, though he played pretty well against them, seemed to completely confound and contain Miller much of the time.   Those two teams seemed to have an answer for the read option (and especially for Miller) most of the game.   Fortunately, our defense was stellar in both and against Michigan we did a lot of damage through the air and got some key turnovers.   But there was something in those games that we didn't appear ready for.  Trusting we fixed that in the off-season.    
As for having to come from behind, I hope it doesn't happen mostly because we're better man for man than most if not all of our schedule.  But if it does, with Miller and now a few others with "big play" potential, I am more comfortable than last year.    

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Evansvillebuckeye's picture

I don't know about paper - but our offense is so explosive, they melted my laptop....go Bucks!!!

tragictones's picture

I suspect that this will not be a popular position, but I do not believe that the offensive line is as elite as they are portrayed.  I have a few reasons. 
I believe that OSU's running success is mostly about Miller, not the OLine.  I did some research and 2011 is very telling.  From my memory, Miller and Bauserman shared duties through the Michigan State game.  For these first 5 games, they tried lining up in a pro-style offense, and they had a tight leash on freshman Miller.  Starting in game 6, against Nebraska, Miller became the true starter and the coaches asked him to run more.  In the first 5 games, he averaged 7.8 rushes per game.  In the last seven games, he averaged 15 rushes per game.  Not coincidentally, the OSU ground game was rubbish in the first five games (3.7 ypc).  In the last seven, with Miller as true starter, they averaged a respectable 4.83 ypc.  Just telling Miller to run, they improved their ypc by more than a yard.  This had nothing to do with the OLine playing better.  Miller makes average OLines look better than they are.  Give him more rushes, and the yards and ypc will increase.  In 2012, Miller averaged 18.9 rushes per game, about 4 more rushes per game than in his 2011 prime time.  Meyer practically ran him into the ground and he seemed to get dinged every game. Is it really surprising that the output improved again?
Secondly, if you look at the pre-draft talk, no one on the OLine is considered a strong NFL prospect.
Mewhort, the best prospect, is at best a 2-3 round prospect and they believe 10 other tackles are better.  Norwell looks like an undrafted free agent and the 15th best guard.  Marcus Hall is ranked 24th guard.  Linsley is pegged as the 10th best center and also likely undrafted. 
These draft rankings show that there isn't a lot of star power there.  They are not individually among the elite of college football.  You could argue that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but I think that that sum of OSU's strong run game is based on Miller's excellent talent.
Lastly, we all know that this line was terrible in pass protection last year (90th in the country in sacks allowed per game.)  I believe Ross and Chad have argued that much of that is Miller's problem for holding the ball too long.  Even if we are generous an attribute 5-10 sacks last year to Miller's apprehension, the stats would still show that this is a mediocre pass protection unit.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You make some good points, but I also think you're filtering the evidence to fit your theory.
For example, we could do a somewhat similar thing as you did for the 2011 season (dividing it into Miller-lite and Miller-heavy segments) for the 2012 season.: we could say that, as Miller got worn down over the course of the season, the OL really started to gain momentum. Dividing the season into fresh-Braxton and beatup-Braxton, using the last three games to fit that theme:

  • v. ILL: Hyde 18 for 137 yds and 320 total rushing yds, with only 70 yds from Braxton
  • at Wisc: Hyde 15 for 87 yds (5.8 yds/carry), but only 23 for 48 yds (2.1 yds/carry) for Braxton;
  • v. Michigan: Hyde 26 for 146 yds (5.6 yds/carry), but only 20 for 57 yds for Braxton (2.9 yds/carry)

In other words, we could argue the last 3 games were primarily won by Hyde and the OL and that these games run counter to your theory that the OL mainly looks good on paper thanks to Braxton's freakish running ability. 
Also, there's been much talk about how the offense was able to utilize only part of the playbook last year; that Braxton wasn't yet adept at making the reads; and that the WR corps and overall passing game had become steady and reliable but was not yet explosive and dangerous enough to force defenses to cover the entire field. Yet in spite of these problems and Braxton wearing down over the season, the OL helped pave the way for the 10th best rushing attack in the nation.
Now, another factor that might have made the 2012 OL look a little bit better than it was, was that Hyde was a beast as a lead blocker. To be fair, though, in Ohio State's offense, when they run Braxton behind 1-2 lead blocking RBs, those RBs essentially become like H-backs/TEs, i.e., extensions of the OL. When a pro-style attack slams away with a power set including 2 extra big blocking TEs, no one ever says, "yeah, but we can't credit the center and OG on that play, it was really the TE . . . "  

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When a pro-style attack slams away with a power set including 2 extra big blocking TEs, no one ever says, "yeah, but we can't credit the center and OG on that play, it was really the TE . . . "  

Yep.  That's true.  I guess that's why I looked at possible draft prospects.  I felt that getting a better sense each player's talent or potential can help me avoid the mistake of confusing excellent scheme with excellent individual performance.  The draft rankings are subjective, but they are also probably more accurate than any of us regular viewers can discern.
And, Hyde...well, those are some good numbers in the latter part of the season.  If he did that with Guiton in the game, I'd praise the OLine more.  But, Braxton prevents defenses from cheating.  I just can't separate Hyde's success from Braxton's.  I'm sure there are metrics out there that are designed to explore offensive line efficiency irrespective of who else is in the back field, but I don't know them.    

deskpoet's picture

I think what you missed in your analysis was a change in coaching philosophy between 2011 and 2012. On the one hand, that plays to your points about Miller carrying the ball more, with a decided emphasis on him being the featured player. On the other hand (Bollman troll alert), the SCHEME of last year was much more integrated, even when Miller was making mistakes, than before, virtually guaranteeing better over-all output.
The training wheels are off this year, with knowledgeable players working within a consistent scheme. Regardless of the "pro ratings" of the line (which, really, who cares? this is college, not pro, thank the deity), it is certainly reasonable to expect them to be better this year than last, with the possibility of ALL the failings you note being wiped away by shared experience and repetition. 
And, yes, Miller has that going for him, as well. Combine the two, and I think questions of being "elite" won't really matter.

hetuck's picture

When it counted against MSU and scUM, the o-line came through. When you have to run the clock, the defense knows you're staying on the ground, and you still get first downs, that's the hallmark of a great o-line. 

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tragictones's picture

Yes, I agree that the OLine came through.  However, Michigan had a mediocre defensive line that gave up more than 200 yards to Alabama, Air Force, Northwestern and Ohio State.  Three of those teams are option based.  Alabama just simply dominated them with an elite Oline. Not to belabor the point too much, but a defense knowing that you're staying on the ground is not the same as knowing whether the QB or RB will carry off the read option.  I think that the OSU OLine is good enough at run blocking to keep holes open for a two headed attack, but not good enough to dominate like Alabama.  Every article I have ever seen about the read option restates the basic premise that it's simply a mathematical advantage.  The running QB gives the offense one too many attackers. 
I'm not saying the line isn't one of the better Big Ten lines, but I guess I just agree with College Football News 2013 Unit Rankings.   But, make sure to note that this article claims OSU has the #1 Offense overall, #1 QB unit and #2 Running Back unit.  I'm not disparaging the OSU offense.  I'm just saying it's a good thing that OSU has Miller.  Having a talented backfield can make a good OLine look really good.
Offensive Lines
1 Michigan State
2 Wisconsin
3 Nebraska
4 Minnesota
5 Ohio State
6 Michigan
7 Iowa
8 Penn State

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You agree that Minnesota has a better OL than Ohio State? Or that it's even close enough to warrant discussion? You've definitely lost me there . . .
p.s., College Football News has turned into kind of a joke the last few years.

tragictones's picture

not exactly.  They rank the OSU, Minn and Nebraska units all the same in the individual team previews.  (7.5/10)  I'm not sure why they decided to rank them 3rd, 4th and 5th as opposed to listing them as "tied" for 3rd place. 
CFN has always been lighthearted.  They let a chicken named Clucko compete in their weekly pick'em.  It's a website that doesn't take itself too seriously (aside from Zemek).  I just happen to agree with them that OSU's line is about a 7.5 and in the top half of the conference's OLines.

D-Day0043's picture

Put it this way, defenses had no respect for the passing game what-so-ever the last two years. They knew all we could do is run the ball, and they still couldn't stop it. Miller often misread the end on the read option last year so that whole aspect of the play book wasn't even working to its full potential. Meyer recently said that there were times last year he said over the headset that he didn't want anyone touching the ball but Miller. The offense was very limited.
The receivers were getting absolutely no separation. Miller was indecisive in his reads and was holding on to the ball too long. Most of the big plays in the passing attack came as a result of the opposing defenses secondary playing close to the line for run support, and Miller was able to sneak one over their heads (Cal, Michigan St., Penn St.). Opposing defenses were daring Miller to beat them with his arm.
This team must attain a vertical threat to loosen up defenses. If teams are scared to get beat deep and back off, it opens everything up for the offense. This team will go as far as Miller's arm takes it, not his legs.

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Why must you use the word "rubbish" instead of garbage?


captain obvious's picture

I hope there are enough footballs to go around.

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cinserious's picture

Is it the 79 or 88 that will be OSU's avg ppg in '13?

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Frankly Scarlet's picture

Offense is going to need to be great and score 30+ per, as I think the D could get mauled against teams with big/dominating offensive lines and running backs.

"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes  

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Please name those teams on the OSU schedule.  I don't see anyone "mauling" this defense.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Wisconsin is the team on our schedule most resembling that, and they only scored 14 last year with OT. Maybe his point is teams like this would try to wear our defense down, keeping the ball away from our offense. In this case the fact that we only scored 21 against them with OT helps his point. I have a hard time seeing the offense on this year's team not improving, meaning at least close to 40 points a game but if the defense can't stop runs and end drives that could hurt the offense.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

While they weren't that way last year, I think the fat guy would like TTUN to be a bit more like this.

InHartWeTrust's picture

Our D-line will be just fine.

cinserious's picture

Dude, we scored 35 a game last year when we weren't hittin' on all cylinders. We go for like over 50 per game this year with a weak schedule. That said, our D won't be of the same caliber but when we force teams to punt, we got guys like Dontre Wilson returning that s--t for 30 yds. May the field position battles be ever in our favor.

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RBuck's picture

Average PPG: 43.4.
Pulled out of the air but I believe it.

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RedStorm45's picture

You mean 42, right?

Urban Nation Army's picture

Much is expected out of Braxton, and he seems up to the challenge. However, if the unthinkable happens and Miller is injured, Meyer has a more than adequate backup in senior quarterback, Kenny Guiton.

Unfortunately, this circumstance is not something unthinkable, as we saw last year. That is one of my biggest concerns with regard to this year.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Frankly Scarlet's picture

Agree. KG pulled out the heroics v. Purdue - but his first possession didn't exactly end well. He is largely unproven, and would certainly need to prove himself as a running threat before defenses would be forced to respect that aspect of the offense.

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Alpo's picture

I think my head is about to explode from the excitement!!! Need the season to start ASAP!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Man, the offense is potent!  I just can't wait for the first kickoff.  I'll be in the Shoe screaming like crazy!  Thank goodness football season is just about here!!!
Go Bucks!!

Knarcisi's picture

A lot of new and improved toys in the toybox this year. 

bigbill992001's picture

Along those same lines, I wonder how many runs of 10+ yds. Hyde had last yr.?   I was pleasantly surprised at how often he got the corner.

cinserious's picture

You'd also be surprised to learn that Hyde was the fastest player on the team last year with a 4.3-something 40 time. They must've taught Carlos some speed while living down in Florida.

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GR8TBUCKS's picture

I think you would be surprised to know that too, in other words, there is no way he is the fastest player on the team, nor did he run a 4.3 forty.  I'll put my money where my mouth is, let's take his forty time for the pro's this year, I don't care if it's Indy or at Ohio State, I say he'll run alot closer to 4.6 than 4.3


ToTheHouse's picture

"...Meyer has a more than adequate backup in Kenny G..." With this years easier schedule, than in the past...with the progression of Braxton's 'gotta be better reading-skills' than last year...totally believing we're going to average near or above the 50 ppg...can we not see MORE of KG come in for MORE 'game-experience'...and keep our 8th Heisman-hopeful *healthy!!! Making ''two'' accomplishments two "REALITIES" !_! Giiving new meaning to 'dual-threat' a Quad-adventure ! Hello...HELLO NC !  

To the NC House...Repeat gonna be Sah-weet!

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I'm interested to see if Baugh makes any noise this year.  Heurman and Vannett are both experienced and will get the bulk of the plays, but Baugh is a different type of TE.  He creates complete mismatches for the defense.

buckeyepastor's picture

Three things needed for our offense - 
1.  Passing game has to get respect and start turning the heads of opposing defenses.   While Miller did quite a bit of damage with his arm last year, teams mostly dared us to throw on them.  Want to see that change.   Want to see us develop to a place where teams, in spite of how good our run game is, don't believe they can afford to stuff the box.    
2.  Miller improving on his reads, because he did make the wrong read A LOT last year, and then used his talent to bail him out.  He can continue to do that and get away with it against a lot of our opponents, but not against the teams that matter most.   
3.  Fix whatever was going on against Wisconsin and Michigan - in both of those games, even though we won and Braxton played well in both, we struggled in running the zone read.   They seemed to present something that really limited Miller in that game.   Whether it was using the safeties as spies or something else with the alignment, Miller only averaged about 2 yards per carry against Wisconsin.   And against Michigan, with the exception of one long run that Miller managed to break, he did even worse.   Fortunately, in both games the defense was stout when they had to be and Carlos went off.   Also, against Michigan Miller was able to expose their pass defense.   After those games were over, most fans seemed to shrug and say, "Well, they both have really good defenses."   Fine.  But we need to be a team that executes well no matter what level of defense we're playing.    
Fortunately, I think all of the above are totally do-able.   
Also, Heuerman's stats at TE should include him saving our season with his grab on the 2-point conversion against Purdue.    

"Woody would have wanted it that way"