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The Team Numbers
National: 19th in total offense, 13th in passing touchdowns, 14th in rushing touchdowns, 11th in points per game
Big Ten: 2nd in total offense, 2nd in yards per game, 2nd in points per game ,4th in total rushing, 3rd in yards per rush, 4th in rushing touchdowns, 1st in passing touchdowns, 2nd in quarterback rating, 3rd in yards per reception, 1st in touchdown receptions
The Individual Numbers
National: 10th in quarterback rating, 20th in completion percentage, 17th in passing touchdowns with 27.
Big Ten: 3rd in quarterback rating, 4th in completion percentage, 4th in passing yards, 1st in passing touchdowns with 27, 1st in points responsible for with 15.08/game
Dan Herron: 13th nationally (3rd in Big Ten) with 16 rushing touchdowns, 4th in Big Ten in rushing with 1,155 yards
Dane Sanzenbacher: 16th (1st in Big Ten) with 11 receiving touchdowns, 2nd in the Big Ten with 948 receiving yards
DeVier Posey: 8th in the Big Ten with seven receiving touchdowns, 6th in the Big Ten with 848 receiving yards
Jake Stoneburner: 21 catches, 222 yards, two touchdowns. He missed three games with an ankle injury
The Buckeye offense generally has an archaic stigma attached to it. Whether that is true or not, one cannot argue with this group’s tremendous numbers. They only failed to score more than 31 points in a game three times, one of which was the Illinois game when Pryor missed time due an injury.
Pryor himself upped his passing touchdowns to 27 from 18, his passing yardage from 2,094 to 2,772 and increased his completion percentage from 57 percent to 65 percent. While he still has major footwork and occasional decision-making issues, by all means he took a big step forward in 2010.
Herron had himself a career year. His three-year rushing totals have gone from 439 to 600 to 1,155 in 2010. He became the featured back in the offense week four against Eastern Michigan and took off, rushing for 80 or more yards in seven of the last nine games, including 193 yards against Penn State and 182 against Michigan.
Dane Sanzenbacher had fantastic finish to his OSU career. He posted career-highs in every major receiving category and had a number of heads-up plays, including catching a deflected pass for a touchdown in the Penn State game and recovering Pryor’s fumble for a score on OSU's first drive in the Sugar Bowl.
Posey’s numbers resembled his ’09 figures, as he was the victim of Pryor spreading the ball around a bit more.
Jake Stoneburner saw his numbers surge, despite being bothered by an ankle injury midseason. He figures to be a focal point in the offense in 2011, especially early in the season with Pryor and Posey suspended and Sanzenbacher having graduated.
The Grade: A-
The OSU offense was very, very good in 2010. This was due in part to some weak defenses in the Big Ten and the growth of key components on offensive coordinator Jim Bollman’s unit. The only real blemish, albeit somewhat of a major one, was their poor performances in three of the road games including a putrid first half against Wisconsin. That half probably cost the Buckeyes a shot at the national title.