It’s no secret why THE 2012 Ohio State Football team went an undefeated, unblemished 12-0 last season. It’s tough to beat a team that averaged roughly 37.2 points a game, while being held to 30 points or fewer only five times. With nine returning starters on the offensive side of the ball, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes look to duplicate their scoring success in their pursuit of yet another undefeated season. Here’s my “big three” offensive stars to watch in 2013:
After a successful sophomore campaign in the Urban Meyer spread offense, Miller enters his Junior season at Ohio State as a front runner to bring the Heisman Trophy home to Columbus for the first time since Troy Smith in 2006. In my opinion, one word perfectly describes Miller: Dynamic.
After his freshman season, questions of Miller’s arm strength, accuracy and decision making clouded his 2012 off-season. In response to the criticism, Miller threw for 2,039 yards, with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 15:6. Not bad, right?
Let’s also not forget about Miller’s immense play-making ability running the ball. On top of his aerial assault, he added 1,271 yards on the ground, with 13 touchdowns. However, being the Quarterback and the general on the field, it all comes down to him. If Miller can improve, or even just duplicate his 2012 season, the Buckeyes will be in good shape.
Corey “Philly” Brown
The Buckeyes greatest depth on their offensive chart is undoubtedly at the running back position. Last year Ohio State’s backs were able to run for 242 yards a game, which took the pressure off of the passing game. However, it’s no secret that the Buckeyes are a run first team, which will now put more pressure on the wide receivers. That’s where Corey “Philly” Brown comes in.
Philly Brown was the main target in the Buckeye offense last season, reeling in 60 catches for 669 yards. His big play ability was evident through his six touchdowns: three receiving, two returning punts, and one rushing. The more weapons Miller has at his disposal, the more dangerous the Buckeyes will be on offense. It’s safe to say, Philly Brown is a weapon.
The true-freshman running back has been the talk of camp, due to his consistency running the 40-yard dash in, or below, 4.45s. Early reports are dubbing Wilson to be Urban Meyer’s “Ohio State version” of Percy Harvin: an amazingly fast swing back that can run, catch, and bust out big plays on a weekly basis.
Meyer’s spread offense is unlike any other. With the experienced running back corps of Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, the addition of a speed-back like Wilson will spread the field even more than before, opening lanes on the field that will turn games at Ohio Stadium into track meets.
Don’t believe how fast he is? Check this out: