Numbers never lie.
Despite years of dissatisfaction and assumed underperformance for the Ohio State wide receiving crew, 2018 has been a banner year. Not since interim position coach Brian Hartline lined up as a player alongside Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, and Brian Robiskie over a decade ago has Central Ohio seen such a talented group take the field week after week.
Parris Campbell has already set a new career high in receptions, as has K.J. Hill with receiving yards and Touchdown Terry McLaurin in trips to end zone, and OSU is barely past the midway point of the regular season. As a result, Dwayne Haskins is on pace to shatter roughly 8,924 school passing records this season.
Similarly, the artists formerly known as #ZoneSix have dominated this year's 11W Top Play poll. After another authoritative victory last week in which he captured 88.1% of the vote, Binjimen Victor notched his second Top Play of the season, giving him two entries into the postseason playoff (to be voted on by you, the readers), adding to his position's fourth win in the first six weeks.
While a number of players stepped up to make plays for the Buckeyes in their hard-fought, 30-14 victory over the Gophers last Saturday, I've already declared another receiver as this week's winner (in my head, at least). On to the nominees:
Nominee #1) Kendall Sheffield ends the Gophers' first drive with a nice pick downfield:
Nominee #2) Touchdown Terry McLaurin makes a 41-yard trip to the end zone:
Nominee #3) Shaun Wade strips Tyler Johnson:
Nominee #4) K.J. Hill with hands of glue:
THIS SEASON'S WINNERS SO FAR:
- Week 1: Touchdown Terry McLaurin races 75 yards for the score
- Week 2: Tate Martell's 47-yard touchdown run
- Week 3: Dre'Mont Jones picks off a shovel pass to put OSU up 26-21
- Week 4: Austin Mack adjusts in the air to haul in a spectacular back-shoulder catch for six
- Week 5: Binjimen Victor zig-zags through the entire PSU defense for a 47-yard score
- Week 6: Binjimen Victor gets both feet down in the back of the end zone