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Ohio State has a lot of perimeter weapons returning, but it will need to replace Corey Brown, who led the team in receptions and receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.
Devin Smith has the most experience and is a dangerous deep threat, but inconsistency has plagued his collegiate career, according to Coach Meyer, per Todd Porter of CantonRep.com. For Ohio State's passing attack to mature, Meyer and the coaching staff will need Smith to lead a talented young group as a senior.
Evan Spencer, who caught 22 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns last year, will also be back, but he'll sit out spring practice as he recovers from a gruesome leg injury he suffered during the Orange Bowl.
Behind Smith and Spencer is a lot of talented players short on experience.
Sophomore Dontre Wilson got his feet wet last year, piling up 460 total yards and three touchdowns in the Percy Harvin role. With a need for playmakers, it's safe to assume Meyer will be asking more of the speedster from DeSoto, Texas.
The Buckeyes will get a boost from a pair of tall wideouts who redshirted last year.
Jeff Greene, a 6'5", 218-pound Georgia Tech transfer, will make a strong push for playing time. Greene led the Yellow Jackets with 18 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, but with an offense that passes the ball more, he could produce much bigger numbers.
Michael Thomas will also rejoin the fold. The 6'3" sophomore caught just three passes in 2012, and he didn't see the field at all last year. That didn't stop him from voicing some strong criticisms on Twitter, per Lesmerises, of the wide receiver group following Ohio State's Orange Bowl loss, so this spring will serve as a proving ground that he can be an upgrade.
There will also be a number of younger players such as redshirt freshman Jalin Marshall and early enrollee Johnnie Dixon who will be vying for playing time.