With the loss of many starters to the NFL draft, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be trying to rebound and try to make the most of their top three recruiting class. This year they must try to work their way to the top with many new and young players.
This list is going to help with finding the five most important players and the five players that Buckeye fans need to watch in the 2009 season.
#5 LG Jim Cordle (6-4, 297, Sr.) No. 64
This senior is the most experienced Buckeye offensive lineman. If he does well on the offensive line, then the run game will be a lot better.
He must also show the new sophomore center Michael Brewster how to play physical in this tough Big Ten defense because of Cordle's experience at playing center.
Cordle has exceptional quickness and plays low with power. His versatility and athleticism allows Ohio State to open up the running game, installing pulling plays designed to feature his mobility.
#4 DB Chimdi Chekwa (6' 0", 188, Jr.)
With the loss of Michael Jenkins in the secondary, Chekwa must fill in the role of the All-American defensive back.
Chekwa must play good defense against the pass with all these great new WR's in the Big Ten. He must play well against the fast and good USC WR's in the second game of the season. He is a fast DB and is going to help the secondary of this Buckeye team.
#3 ILB Etienne Sabino (6-3, 232, So.) No. 11
Not many Buckeye fans know about Sabino because of how rarely he played on the defensive side of the ball. Sabino played a special team role in the 2008 season and now he must step up as the starting LB for the 2009 season with Laurinaitis and Freeman gone.
Sabino is going to need to play a tough physical game each time he steps on the field to fill in for the missing Buckeyes at LB.
#2 RB Daniel Herron (5-10,193,So.) No. 1
Herron is the RB that will be taking over Chris Wells position. Herron is going to help the Buckeyes because of how well he played last season, having an average of 4.9 yards per carry, including a 49-yard touchdown against Michigan.
Herron will be a great running back for the young Buckeyes and will be a threat against teams. Herron possesses great versatility and strength and is a tough between-the-tackles runner.
#1 QB Terrelle Pryor (6-6,235,So.) No. 2
The number one Buckeye to watch for is No. 2 Terrelle Pryor. The speedy Buckeye will be the key for Ohio States success.
He must make sure that Ohio State's pass game is going to be a threat as well as the run game. The only improvement he needs to make is on his pass game and that is to be a smarter passer compared to his last performance against Texas.
Pryor will be the most experienced offensive player and will learn from his mistakes. Expect him to a breakout year and lead the Buckeyes to a good record.