So the OSU Buckeye's season is about 18 days away, and I am personally getting so excited. So to pass the time I'm going to preview Ohio State's season in three installments: Offense, Defense, & Special Teams. Sorry Anti-Ohio State fans, looks like you're in for a National Championship contention team.
So to start off here's the run down of the offense.
Ohio State will start returning SR Quarterback Todd Boeckman. Last year Boeckman led the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a 148.94 rating. He threw 191-299 for 2,379 yards, and 25 TDs. Right behind Boeckman will be true freshman Terrelle Pryor. Pryor had a career 4,238 rushing yards and 4,340 passing yards. His senior season he ran for 1,899 yds and threw for 1,889 yds, and accounted for 58 TDs.
At Running Back, Ohio State returns Heisman favorite JR Chris "Beanie" Wells and SR Maurice Wells. Beanie ran for 1,609 yards last season with 15 TDs. That is fourth all-time among Ohio State single season rushers, and first among sophomores. Maurice Wells ran for 367 yds and 3 TDs.
Ohio State will also return receivers SR Brian Robiskie and JR Brian Hartline. Robiskie led the Buckeyes last year with 55 receptions for 935 yds and 11 TDs. Hartline had 52 receptions for 694 yds and 6 TDs. He also averaged 11.4 yds on punt returns.
On the Offensive Line, Ohio State only has to fill the void of Kirk Barton. Alex Boone, Steve Rehring.
Ben Person, and Jim Cordle all return. Boone is a three-year starter at left tackle and was 2nd team All-Big Ten. Rehring is a three year letterman who started every game at left guard. Person a 6'3'' 323lb right guard started every game for the Buckeyes last season, and is also a three year letterman. Cordle, a returning starter at center, played most of last season with a cast on his right hand to protect his wrist.
So there it is America. Ohio State's offense. Look for it to be in the endzone quite a bit this year, and check back for my installments on defense and special teams!