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If You Could Add One Player from Last Year's Team for This Year's Playoff Run, Who Would It Be?

David Regimbal's picture
October 26, 2020 at 8:00am

Ohio State got off to a hot start in its season opener against Nebraska, gaining 491 yards of total offense while forcing two turnovers in the 52-17 victory.

Justin Fields was red hot, completing all but one of his 21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns (against no interceptions). He added another 54 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

While there was a lot to like, the Buckeyes are clearly missing some of the stars from last year's team. And that brings us to this week's question — if you could add one player from last year's team for this year's playoff run, who would it be?  

None of Ohio State's running backs really broke out. Master Teague, Trey Sermon, Steele Chambers and Xavier Johnson combined for 31 carries, none of which went for more than 20 yards. Only one back averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry (Chambers, who looked sharp on four carries for 32 yards).

J.K. Dobbins, who set the single-season rushing record at Ohio State last year, is an intriguing option.

The front-seven looks like it could use some help. Nebraska ran for 210 yards and Ohio State only got into the backfield to register five tackles for loss. Chase Young had another year of eligibility and would've have certainly anchored this year's line.

The secondary didn't disrupt as much as last year's unit. Cornhuskers' quarterbacks combined to complete 80 percent of their passes, albeit for only 160 yards.

Ohio State lost three excellent starters in the draft in cornerbacks Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette, as well as high-safety Jordan Fuller.

I personally think Dobbins or Young is the answer, I just don't know what the bigger issue is right now — the run game or the run defense.

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