The first game of a College Football Season is a lot like Christmas morning for the fans of good ole' State U. It is a chance to unwrap the package that has been hidden under the cloak of two-a-days to see what's inside the huddle.
There are a lot of things to look forward to in any season opener, but here is a list of ten things to watch for during Ohio State's first frolic on the gridiron. We start with 10 through six and continue with part two leading up to the game against Marshall on September second:
10. The Strides of Devier Posey: For a team that features the run as much as Ohio State, they have a track record of developing future NFL caliber wide receivers. From Joey Galloway, to David Boston, to Santonio Holms, there has been no shortage of talent on the outside.
Is Devier Posey that star in the making? He began to separate himself last year, but many are anxious to see if he can develop into that go to home run threat that can keep teams honest this year.
9. The Offensive Line: To say that the offensive line sputtered early in the season last year may be an understatement. After the Purdue game however, this bunch took it to heart and began taking defenses behind the woodshed.
In their last five games leading up to the Rose Bowl, the offensive line plowed their way to a tune of over 220 yards on the ground in each game. With only the left offensive tackle spot needing filled from last year, you would expect this unit to excel in 2010. They will have to if Ohio State has designs to end up in Glendale for all of the glass crystals.
8. The New Faces that will Become Household Names: When out of this world linebacker A.J. Hawk left in 2005, you knew someone would have to step in and at least fill a valuable role. Not only did someone put on a helmet and take up space, but a gentleman by the name of James Laurinaitis took the reigns and became an All-American, and future Nagurski Award winner.
There are more examples like Cameron Heyward and Devier Posey off of the current team, but many fans have to wonder who else will be getting their jersey's stocked on the shelves soon at a "Buckeye Corner" near you.
7. Replenishing the Special Teams Shelves: Quick, what's the most important play in football? According to the Sweater Vest, it is the punt. This year, unlike many others, special teams is a bit of an unknown in Columbus. Both the starting place kicker and punter must be replaced.
All indications are that things are looking steady with Devin Barclay and Drew Basil still competing well for the place kicking duties, and Ben Buchanan doing more than well enough in situations punting this fall, but nothing is given with a new crew to play the field position game that Tressel Ball relies on.
6. The Running Back Rotation: Everyone who follows the program knows that the given commodities at tailback are Brandon Saine and Daniel "Boom" Herron. What is unknown is who will eventually get more carries and if this season will ever turn towards a featured runner.
Even more unknown is how much the younger guys like Jammal Berry and Carlos Hyde may get mixed in. The rushing attack will always be a staple of the OSU program. This year will be no different, and is a must if grander things are going to occur.
Coming in a few short days leading up to the game against Marshall on September second: Part II (5 through 1)