Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Who Will Break Out in Urban Meyer's Offense

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIAugust 18, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Corey Brown #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his first quarter touchdown with DeVier Posey #8 while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Braxton Miller and the Ohio State Buckeyes’ offense will be revitalized under the new offensive scheme from new head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer’s spread offense has arrived in Columbus, Ohio, and it will change the way the Buckeyes play and win football games.

But who is going to step into the roles that Meyer needs to fill in order for his offense to take flight at the Horseshoe?

The Buckeyes’ "Big Ten" style of football hasn’t exactly equipped Meyer with the necessary tools to execute his game plan. NCAA sanctions probably haven’t helped matters for the new head coach, either.


Braxton Miller

You’ve all seen Miller scramble and know that he has the ability to play the part of the mobile quarterback that Meyer’s option-spread offense demands.

What you didn’t see very much of was Miller airing it out last season. Sure, he did at times, but under Meyer you’re going to get to see it a lot more.

The QB is going to be tested this year, that’s for sure, and he’ll likely pass with flying colors, literally.


Jake Stoneburner

Stoneburner, the 6'5" tight end from years past, is making the move to wide receiver for the Bucks in 2012.

That doesn’t take away his utility, though, as he will be used in a number of different sets along the Bucks offense. Urban Meyer used New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in a similar role, and it will undoubtedly benefit Stoneburner this season.

For a guy aiming for the pros, Stoneburner has a lot to prove this season and will have plenty of opportunities to prove it.


Corey Brown

Corey Brown is recovering from a torn meniscus but is still able to run a 4.4 40-yard dash while not at 100 percent. He’s claimed, though, that he’s the fastest Buckeye on the team when healthy, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Brown is in the running for Urban Meyer’s "H" position. The dynamic position was held by Percy Harvin in Meyer’s system at Florida.

If Brown can continue to recover from surgery and solidify his standing as the team’s "H" player, he will be a huge benefactor when the whistle blows on the 2012 season. Meyer’s "H" lines up all over the field, runs routes downfield, takes screen passes, receives handoffs and factors into nearly every aspect of the offensive game plan.

Did I mention he can fly?


Devin Smith

Smith is the biggest deep-threat receiver currently on the roster. In last year’s Wisconsin, game he was the guy who came down with Miller’s Hail Mary play to knock off the favored Badgers.

Meyer’s offense demands speed, good route running and the ability to get open downfield.

Check, check and check.

Meyer was fascinated by Smith's route-running ability (via Rivals.com). "I mean it was ridiculous," Meyer said of Smith's streak route. "My gosh, do we need a guy like that to do something."

Smith can, with the opportunity, prove to be the guy Meyer is looking for who can stretch defenses.



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