With such a celebrated class appearing on campus this fall I thought it would be easy to write about the feats and follies of the newbies. Ohio State was going to be dominant on each side of the ball, allowing freshman to see playing time in the blowouts.
That has not happened and it difficult to see how it could at this point. Instead of combing over the minor exploits of Terrelle Pryor, I thought I would use this space to advocate the use of many more freshmen for the rest of the season. Not just in garbage time, either.
If the offensive lost the ability to block quality players, they probably are not going to regain that skill overnight. So, put in Brewster, Shugarts, and Adams if they are all able to play. Alex Boone is a nice quote in the morning paper, but he appears to be out of shape or worn down from four solid years of play. I question whether he is actually able to run on those knees. I envision a lot of aqua running in his routines.
Without question, the least productive part of this offense is the receiving corp. Robiskie and Hartline are average. Everyone wants them to be Ginn and Gonzalez but they are not even in the conversation. How is it that a player who has been in the coaches’ doghouse for two years is the most capable wide receiver? Play Posey, Washington, and Thomas and leave Small out there, too.
Terrelle Pryor is the future of the program and his future is now. His numbers were not huge but he played admirably in his third college game against the best defense he is likely to see in his three … er, four years. From where I was sitting, he looked every bit as fast as advertised. But, you be forgiven for getting nervous watching Pryor on obvious passing downs. His throwing motion is unrefined and his ability to read defenses is still developing but I hardly see the point in playing Boeckman at this point. The Buckeyes are not going to win the Big Ten with him under center. They may not win with Pryor, either, but the excitement factor would sharply increase and the experience would be invaluable.
You could be forgiven if you were uncomfortable with Pryor handling all of the snaps at this point. If the coaches are going to rotate quarterbacks make Bauserman part of that rotation. He can throw and is mobile enough to get away from obviously pass rushers.