Broadway Beanie: Chris Wells Gears Up for Possible Heisman Season

Andy SteinContributor IAugust 14, 2008

Chris Wells helps Ohio State get to the National Championship game again.  He averages 5.5 yards per carry, including a huge touchdown run against rival Michigan to cap off a season headed for the BCS game against an undecided opponent.  All of this occurs in only his freshman year as a backup to Antonio Pittman.

Does that sound familiar?  Wells, known as Beanie, knows that it can't happen again.  He's tired of losing the last game of the year.  He is going to do all he can, on a healthy set of legs, to help the Buckeyes get there.

A completely healthy Chris Wells means one thing: goodbye opponents, and hello Heisman.  On a sore and banged-up set of legs, Wells still gained 1,609 yards on the ground with 15 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.  Can you imagine what he can do healthy?

Last season LSU was widely regarded as having the best defense in all of college football.  Their specialty was stopping the run and forcing offenses to throw the ball.  So what did Chris Wells do in the BCS championship game?  He carried 20 times for 146 yards, including a huge breakaway touchdown of 65 yards.

Coming back for Ohio State this year is, well, basically the entire offense.  Todd Boeckman showed the nation that he is more than capable of being a top-notch quarterback, and the Buckeyes can only improve with the addition of Terrelle Pryor.

Brian Robiskie, Brian Hartline, Ray Small, and Dane Sanzenbacher are coming back as receivers, with Rory Nicol and Jake Ballard returning as tight ends.

What does this, along with a consistent returning O-line, mean for Beanie?  Even more yards.

On Sep. 13, Ohio State will take its star running back to LA to take on USC in the biggest non-conference game of the year.  All of the questions surround Ohio State's chances of winning.

We'll see what the USC linebackers think of trying to run down Wells after he runs over the highly touted Trojan defense.