Garrett Wilson Pursuing Early Playing Time in Ryan Day's Ohio State Offense

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BBQ_Fan's picture

So who was the #1 ranked receiver in the class, where did he go, and do people think he's actually better?  

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JCam061588's picture

Jadon Haslewood, he committed to Oklahoma (flipped from Georgia). It’s really a toss-up for see both shine in the AA game. Wilson being hurt a portion of the season hurt his ranking. 

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BrutusB's picture

You could certainly do worse than be a WR in Riley's offense.  I'm sure both guys will be just fine.

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Dillon G's picture

The receiving corps will be awesome again.

#walkaway

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I like the confidence. I think Wilson shows up as the most polished freshman WR we've had. I'm excited to see what he does in year 1. I think he's at least going to crack the two deep, but I think it's a big ask to put a freshman WR into a starting role.

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Seattle Linga's picture

As a freshman - Wilson comes across extremely polished and articulate. He's gonna make a huge impact and will definitely see the field early and often. 

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mtrotb's picture

He grow up in Dublin, not the hood.

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CowCat's picture

I agree with you, Linga. Wilson is very composed.

But apart from that, the coaching staff is pretty new and probably open-minded. If Day, Yurchich, (Kevin) Wilson and Hartline believe that Garrett Wilson can contribute, they will design plays that he can run.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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cw823's picture

Well the article clearly says he throws blocks "when he wants to", so hopefully he "wants to" every snap.

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gobucks96's picture

Yeah, that jumped out to me too. Course, we should see how that changes after the first week of practice.

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DroneBuck's picture

Just glad he won't have to earn a chance to play by proving himself as a wedge buster on special teams under the new regime... hopefully

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buckeye1964's picture

amen to that, brother!

danny

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Urban Ohio's picture

He will if he doesn't block.

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countrybuckeye's picture

no block-y, no play-y

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

...as good as I've been around.

I see Day learned something from his predecessor.

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

Well tbh Urban was as good a coach as Day has been around.

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rblackbu's picture

You sprinkle in Hartline and Yurcich, sky is the limit for Wilson. He’ll have the opportunity, would love to see him make the most of it!!

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buckeye1964's picture

with bill davis gone and al washington in - the "sky's the limit" can be said for the linebackers too - finally some REAL coaching to help the talented LBs we have.

danny

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

“First off, it takes the right situation.” 

There are many facets to this being a 'right situation' for Wilson to see the field early. If he is as polished of a receiver as he is a communicator, he will make an impact in 2019. 

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Dstacify's picture

I think Wilson is going to flourish in this offense (especially with Fields and perhaps Baldwin at some point throwing to him). That being said right now the top 4 receivers are KJ, Mack, Victor, and Olave. My expectation is that Victor ends up having the best season of his career next year (he's due for it) and we already know what Mack and Hill are capable of. Olave is also a star in the making IMO. Plus that doesn't include the other guys like CJ Saunders, Kamryn Babb, Jaylen Harris, Elijah Gardiner, Blue Smith, and Jameson Williams all vying for PT as well. Wilson may have the highest ceiling out of that bunch but he's going to have competition to earn time in the WR rotation. And that still doesn't include the H-Back role that Campbell is vacating which two RBs (McCall and Gill) are expected to compete for. That doesn't leave a lot of spots open. I think Wilson will play next year but it may not be as much as we'd like him to play.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

I'm a receiver, I throw blocks when I want to, but I love catching the ball.

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CowCat's picture

I think people are reading too much into that statement. He was kidding. Of course he'll have to block or he won't see the field. He just wants to catch as many balls as possible.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Poisonous Nuts's picture

I’m excited to see these young men running down the field. Loving the outlook for the offense, hopeful that our defense can re-earn the “silver bullets” moniker.

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BroJim's picture

Throw a block when he wants too. . . We are going to need a little more than that. 

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brutus0717's picture

I love his ability to exude confidence without coming off as cocky or brash. Great attitude too. That said, I don't want to get too caught up in Shiny New Toy Syndrome. He's got a lot of guys ahead of him and they all have a massive head start. I'm not saying he can't crack the 2 deep this year, it's just going to be tough.

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NHBuckeye's picture

I suspect we will see this kid in the heavy rotation early in the season.  He's going to be one of those guys that will be hard to take off the field.  

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

Wilson will get plenty of playing time by the end of the year. However if kamyrn babb is healthy, I think he could become a factor as well.

Go Bucks!

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Hovenaut's picture

*flashes of Devin Smith*

Look forward to seeing GW come in and work hard, blocking included. 

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Larryp713's picture

Garrett will need to learn to block more than when he wants to, but I think he is going to be terrific. He reminds me of Steve Smith, same skill set. It could be a very exciting year.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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stxbuck's picture

Garrett Wilson has a lot of Terry Glenn in his game-for good-hands, speed, size/body type, Columbus background or bad-blocking?. I like the fact that he said "the right situation" was key to early PT, not just "I'm swaggy, give me the ball". I think he will indeed make a major splash this fall. Aside from KJ Hill, none of the returning WRs has an iron grip on PT/starting position based solely on previous performance.

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BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

Please do not castrate me for asking this question, especially since I am very high on Wilson.  My question is, how does Wilson compare to Donavan Peoples Jones coming out of high school?  DPJ was heavily hyped but has not been the world changer he was proclaimed to be.  Does Wilson play similar style, is he higher rated or lower?  Just curious how he compares.  I want to be super excited, but I also do not want to be disappointed because I made him out to be far greater than anyone we have seen before.

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Good question. I just checked, DPJ was #1 receiver, #12 overall. Same ballpark. DPJ had a more open path to playing time there than he would have for us, but no QB worth a darn until this year. I haven't watched much scUM ball, but have been favorably impressed with what I've seen from DPJ. Seems like a good player that just chose poorly.

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buckeye1964's picture

DPJ is handicapped by that prehistoric offense that harbaugh runs. he's the real deal, he just picked the wrong school for a top wide receiver to go to.

danny

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Steelydan54's picture

Aside from KJ Hill, none of the returning WRs has an iron grip on PT/starting position based solely on previous performance.  Absolutely agree with this statement. I'll start the guy who runs great routes, gets separation, catches 75% of 50/50 balls and has great hands and catch technique EVERY TIME. if Wilson does all that he's a lock to be an early contributor/starter. Only KJ has shown the consistency at receiver we need in a starter. Olave is moving up the chart; all others have clear deficits that need improvement, so we shall see who does the work and makes the jump. 

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Trebor40's picture

All the evidence I have seen would say CJ can and has done ALL of those things! 

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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buckeye1964's picture

both victor and mack have had their moments when just catching the ball was an issue. they better get that straightened out with talent like olave and wilson looking over their shoulders,.

danny

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stpetebuck's picture

Juggs machine 24/7 for Mack and mostly for victor.  Both are very good and have mage HUGE game saving plays. Hartline will coach them up up up. 

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awlinBrutus's picture

The article also points out that JT Barret holds the OSU record for total passing yards which he set in 50 games with 9,434 yards. Drew Brees holds the BIG career passing yardage with 11,792 yards in 45 games. In 14 games Haskins had 4831 yards. 345 a game. Haskins would only need 28 games to break JT's record and 35 games to break the big record.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

If he don't block all the time he won't play.

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letsgobucks's picture

I love Wilson's upside and confidence. I think he's going to be a really good receiver down the road. I struggle with the "shiny new toy" articles but its the off season so.. i get it. This article reminds me of the hundreds of articles we read about Jeremy Ruckert last off season. Or NPf, or Okudah or Chase Young, or Trevon Grimes, or Hilliard or Gibson, or Lattimore when they all were coming into their freshman year. 

I just want Wilson to work his butt off, continue to improve and when his time comes, be the best version of Wilson that he can be. Go Buckeyes!

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Trebor40's picture

If he had only said, I throw blocks when I need to, still troubling yet not as bad as "want to"! Hartline will knock that shit out of him in a hurry, plus a film of Hartline killing a couple of defensive players for Gonzalez, and then fast forward to T MAC destroying Penn State players as KJ Hill high steps into the end zone!  

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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Trebor40's picture

By the way, why is nobody commenting upon how high his regard is for Baldwin? It seems he has a great deal of confidence in the man who threw to him so many times! 

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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CowCat's picture

I'll comment. I think Baldwin has a shot at being the starter. He's been in the system. He's accurate. Ryan Day recruited him. His teammates rave about him. He seems calm, cool and collective.

But nearly every article here assumes that Fields is the designated starter. Fields wanted out of Georgia and we welcomed him. That doesn't mean he's going to be ready to lead the offense. He has to prove himself.

I'm happy to have either QB as a starter, but let's not pick 'em before spring practice has even started.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Trebor40's picture

In all fairness (as my posts show) I think Fields will be the starter and JK Dobbins will benefit just as much as the wide outs because of contrasting running styles. It was just amusing how easily 2 minutes of this young man's dialog was not remarked upon when entire forum posts as well as articles are digging into this upcoming QB battle and here is the one player most familiar with half of that upcoming contest and nothing literally nothing until I posted. 

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TXBuckeye53's picture

I watched it in action. Both in 7s and during the regular season. It's a good thing.

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Gflbuck's picture

Perhaps he just misspoke, I do it all the time, but blocking is not just needed ,all of the time, but also fun and a highlight reel.

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Gflbuck's picture
Perhaps he just misspoke but block is needed, fun and a highlight reel.
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Gflbuck's picture

Man I tried to edit that one above.

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tGW's picture

Goodness, T-Mac almost got Mack too. To think GW can be a destroyer like 8-3 right out of the gate is unrealistic. If he is a willing, effective blocker, I will be happy. 

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CowCat's picture

Evan Spencer did a great job as well on this one, springing Zeke for the 85 yard TD.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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BrazilianBuckeye's picture

"I'll have to earn my stripes." 

Well, no, you'll have to earn getting rid of it.  Speaking of which; does anyone posting here know if Day will keep Urban's black stripe tradition going?

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Mikefletcher24's picture

Classy kid and very articulate for being so young. Seems like he’s got a good head on his shoulders. Somebody did things right raising him. Can’t wait to see him on the field. I think he will definitely be pushing for playing time this year.

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