Five Buckeyes Who Will Have Breakout Seasons in 2013
Corey “Philly” Brown
Though Corey Brown was the leading receiver for the Buckeyes in 2012, he isn’t a household name across the nation.
But the senior should see his production increase in 2013, his second year in Urban Meyer’s spread offense. You’ll see him on bubble screens, quick screens, deep balls and whatever else coaches ask him to do.
Brown showed towards the end of last season that he could be the Bucks most elusive receiver. Big plays will be expected in his last season in the Scarlet and Gray.
One of the youngest and most talented defensive lineman for the Buckeyes defense, Washington is penciled in as an early starter going into spring ball. Last time we saw Washington in action, he got a sack and caused havoc against Michigan’s highly touted right tackle Taylor Lewan.
Washington could move inside this season, taking on a role that was similar to Cameron Heyward as Buckeye. Wherever he lines up at, offenses will have to account for the 6’3", 290-pound beast who continued to get better in 2012 as the season progressed
Yes, another Buckeye D-lineman makes this list.
Noah Spence was a prized recruit as part of the class of 2012. A 5-star prospect according to Scout.com, Spence is a pure defensive end with the explosiveness to be an All-American. Spence played sparingly as a freshman, but as you may remember, he provided the pressure on Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush on a critical fourth-down stop in overtime.
Spence’s speed is what creates mismatches for offenses, and he’ll have plenty of opportunities this season to show what he can do.
Grant has all the physical tools to be an All-Big Ten-caliber cornerback.
In what should be a breakout season for the soon-to-be junior, Grant will play on the opposite side of Bradley Roby which means, at least early on, teams will look to challenge Grant in order to avoid Roby.
Grant was neck and neck with Travis Howard last season for the starting job and received solid playing time as the year went on.
Recording an interception in his lone start in 2012, Grant should breakout in 2013 in a big way.
The graduation of Reid Fragel opens up a spot on the offensive line. Decker came on strong as a true freshman last season in fall camp and was a player who could have seen starting minutes if anyone went down with an injury.
Thankfully, the Ohio State O-Line stayed relatively healthy, and most of Decker’s playing time came at the end of games. There is no doubt that he has the size to be a dominant player at this level; an opportunity just needs to arise. This spring, Decker will have a chance to a grab a starting spot for the Buckeyes offensive line.
If he can do this, there’s no question that a bright future awaits the sophomore from Vandalia, Ohio.
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