Just how will The Ohio State Buckeyes fill their holes on Offense?
With the likes of Chris "Beanie" Wells, Brian Robiskie, and Brian Hartline all off to the NFL. What ever will they do?
The Ohio State Buckeye fans every couple of years find themselves asking that same question. The Buckeyes always find talent, sometimes the talent is a new recruit that can step in and fill the hole or it is a guy like Austin Spitler who has been waiting in the wings, eager to get a shot.
This season the Buckeyes main holes to fill in my opinion will be at the receiver position. With the apparent improvement off Terrell Pryor's throwing ability, who will catch his passes?
The likely number one will be Sophomore Devier Posey. Who Pryor showed flashes of their chemistry last season. Posey hauled in 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Number two will be Senior Ray Small who had 18 receptions for 149 yards in 2008.
Junior Dane Sanzenbacher will contribute in 2009. Dane had 21 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown last season.
Junior Taurian Washington will also contribute, Washington is a 6'2'' 179 pound receiver, who in this years spring game showed alot of talent.
Newly recruited Duron Carter may see some action at Wide Receiver, Carter caught 39 passes for 739 yards and 14 touchdowns as he led Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to back to back 5A State Championships.
Tressel and his staff also landed Speedy James Jackson who runs a 4.3 40 yard dash and was a state champion in the 100 meter dash (in Michigan). He was used everywhere in high school WR/RB/QB and even on defense. So the Buckeyes could use him however they see fit.
They also got Corey Brown a speedy Receiver from Pennsylvania. Brown as a Junior caught 23 passes for 500 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Tight End Jake Ballard will see most of the playing time. Jake caught 5 passes for 73 yards in 2008.
Freshman Reid Fragel could see some action, Reid is a huge guy who stands 6'7'' and 255 pounds. Fragel caught 24 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. Reid played Defensive End and Tight End at Grosse Pointe South High School in Michigan.
With one of the best runningbacks to wear the Scarlet and Gray on his way to the Arizona Cardinals, who will fill his spot?
Sophomore Daniel "Boom" Herron will probably start he rushed for 439 yards on 89 attempts and 6 touchdowns. Boom didn't have a carry in five of the Buckeyes games.
Junior Brandon Saine will get his share of the load. Saine rushed for 65 yards on 26 attempts and a touchdown. Brandon never had more than 5 carries in a game.
The Buckeyes have a duo of potentially great runningbacks coming on board, in newly recruited Jaamal Berry and Carlos Hyde.
Berry is a top rated runningback from Florida who as a Junior had 140 carries for 1,033 yards and 14 touchdowns (7.4 average). Runs a 4.3 40 and has a 37.8 inch vertical.
Carlos Hyde is also from Florida, at 6'0'' 225 pounds he is a big bruising back. As a Senior Carlos had 1,653 yards on 158 carries and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 166 yards and 3 more touchdowns.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have reloaded for 2009, and I think they are set out to show all the nay-sayers that they can win the big game, and their first test will be on September 12, 2009, at the Horseshoe, when USC comes to town. The two teams have played each other 22 times with the Trojan's winning 12 of them.