With the exception of Braxton Miller, nobody on the Buckeye offense has higher expectations than redshirt freshman Rod Smith.
Smith's performance during Sugar Bowl practices drew praise from his teammates, and many believe he has potential to become one of the all-time great running backs in OSU history.
The crowded backfield from 2010 will be less congested after the departure of Brandon Saine and likely position change for Jordan Hall. Smith will make his bid for the starting spot while Boom Herron is suspended for the first five games.
Interim head coach Luke Fickell will want to run the ball to take pressure off of OSU's unproven passing game, so Smith will get plenty of chances to show what he can do. And if he's as good as his teammates said he was in December, it could be the start to one of the great careers for a Buckeye running back.