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Should KJ Hill get more reps?

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Reuben's picture
October 30, 2016 at 11:13am

Over at Landof10, Ryan Ginn has an interesting article suggesting that KJ Hill, could deserve more reps as a possible solution to the deep threat problem:

Hill has shown in the past that he has the skill set to be a big-play wide receiver. He scored the first touchdown of the season on a 47-yard strike. That play remains the second-longest completion from Barrett this year. Furthermore, it traveled much further in the air than Samuel’s 79-yard reception that included at 70 yards of running.

Of Ohio State’s 15 players to record a reception this season, only five have hauled in a catch that went for 30 or more yards. Hill, who has played somewhat sparingly, has catches of 47 and 34 yards among his four receptions. If the Buckeyes want a solution to beating defensive backs that are playing deep, they should consider looking in Hill’s direction more often.

Granted, on Hill's long catch from last night, it looked like the defense had lost him in coverage. But he's one of the few true WRs in the rotation who has shown an ability to get open downfield--especially when they line him up in the slot on the same side as Noah Brown. I'm not sure how many snaps he's playing right now, but as the offense tries to find its deep threat, it does seem like Hill could emerge as that guy. If nothing else, the extra playing time could pay dividends next year when he's a RS Sophomore.

What do you guys think? 

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