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Which underclassman is most likely to be squeezed out of the running back rotation?

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BucksfanXC's picture

Well so far it looks like Dunn. But I think it's a trick question and Wilson and maybe EZE get moved to slot receiver roles. 

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TMac's picture

Even if you take those two out of the equation Dunn looks to be the fifth in line at RB behind Hall, Smith, Hyde and Ball.....and there can't be many touches for the 5th option at RB when you also think you moved two more talented options in the Slot, have two options at TE and multiple options at WR #BUCKEYEPROBLEMS

BucksfanXC's picture

Exactly. And I know egos are gonna get bruised, but I hope everyone stays on board. Next year Hall and Hyde are gone so he could get some time next season and beyond.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Unky Buck's picture

I actually picked Dontre for that very reason. It's not that I don't think he's talented enough but that they could put him in a WR role. While Dunn appears in the dog house and is likely being squeezed out of the rotation, I think he could still get reps there at times while Wilson can be shifted over and out of the RB position all together. I guess it's just a matter of how you look at it.

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BuckeyeDale's picture

Ball & Dunn are both big backs, who will most likely fall in behind Hyde and Smith.  When you add that someone is going to get carries out of the slot (H-Back?) there's not enough ball to go around.  At least one of them will transfer out after this season, I'd bet.

 
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brandonbauer87's picture

Any word on why Dunn seems to be shuffled back so far. He was very effective in limited action last year. 

Earle's picture

It may just be that the other guys are better.  Not a knock on Dunn, as I agree he looked good when he saw the field.  We didn't get to see Ball last year, Elliot was a top recruit, and we all know what Smith can do.

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BammBammRiley's picture

no actual concrete info, but based on coaches' comments, he might need to step up his special teams contributions to earn pt

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BammBammRiley's picture

Dunn has the potential and talent, it just might not click with the stars lining up right this year.
I can see him being an impact player in a year or two like a chris fields after some adversity and rededication.

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AllDay028's picture

Wilson is pure pivot, Hall will move back there once Hyde is back. EZE will not play pivot. But seemingly this means Dunn is 5th on the RB depth chart at any given point this season behind Hyde/Hall, Smith, Ball, and EZE.

Vabuck213's picture

The fact that this poll even exists and doesn't even include our top 2 options at the position is just insane. I really hope they are able to get everybody enough touches so everybody sticks around. 

NYC Buckeye's picture

Hate to say it but if Dunn doesn't get any PT this season I would not be surprised at all to see him transfer after the season...  Don't forget, he almost switched to Michigan last minute after Urban took over...

Alpo's picture

Been thinking the same thing about the possibility of Dunn transferring. I hope that doesn't end up being the case but evidently he needs to step up his game to earn more PT

pcuzz1's picture

I initially said eze. But now that I think about it as well as reading the comments, I could see wilson just bc he will be playing a lot of that slot receiver. As well as having the ability to motion in and out of the rb position, depending on the formation.

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Seabass1974's picture

Where is the "none of the above" option. I truly don't think anyone will be squeezed out but I can see a lot of sharing going on.

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

We need to change our offense to the wishbone.

RedStorm45's picture

Let's run some diamond.

BammBammRiley's picture

wow, yeah! They have done a great job making sure everyone has forgotten about their intentions of incorporating that formation into the offense, which I'm sure is by design.

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SPreston2001's picture

Dunn will be the odd man out. Dunn has talent but he really doesnt fit Urbs system. He'll probably transfer next season considering he was a highly touted recruit coming out of HS and probably wants playing time.

Haybucks's picture

I'm thinking EZE will be red-shirted which will give Dunn a little more time to get it together.
I want Dunn to succeed at tOSU, if only to keep the fans of ttun from boasting.

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