Every year, unexpected players bust out onto the scene as difference-makers.
Some of these players emerge from the bottom of the depth chart. Others finally live up to the expectations set before them, and some simply reap the benefits of a position change.
Whatever the case may be, Ohio State is in desperate need of a few pleasant surprises. Coming off a 6-7 season in 2011, the Buckeyes are looking to return to their dominant ways under new head coach Urban Meyer, and unless a few players step up, things will only improve slightly.
In this team's current state, Urban Meyer is only capable of pulling off a decent season at best.
However, like every year, some players will rise to the challenge and produce at levels that seemed unimaginable a season before and will give the Buckeyes a chance at a very successful season in 2012.