Urban Meyer to Ohio State: 3 Ways He'll Remake the Buckeyes Offense
With only the official announcement coming from the school left, Urban Meyer will take over as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The former Florida coach won two national titles in his five years at the school and was the mentor for now Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow.
Expectations are high for Meyer, especially on the offensive side of the ball where he is widely considered one of the best minds in terms of the spread offense.
Here are three of the things Buckeyes can expect to see out of this new offense.
A Lot More Touches for Braxton Miller
At its very core, Meyer’s offense comes down to getting his playmakers the football and next year there won’t be many of those guys on the field outside of Miller. Running back Dan Herron will graduate as will wide receiver DeVier Posey.
No one else at any of the skill positions has really stepped up to become a real playmaker outside of tight end Jake Stoneburner who leads the team with 14 receptions on the year.
Until a player asserts himself or the Buckeyes recruit a player who comes close to resembling Percy Harvin, Miller will be seeing a lot more of the football.
The Jump Pass
Perhaps the thing that Meyer is most famous for is the “jump pass” seen here. It is one of the most difficult plays to completely lock down because of all the options the quarterback has.
This play should do some serious damage for Ohio State because of Jake Stoneburner. The sure handed tight end is currently the best receiver coming back for the Buckeyes next year and he should be the recipient of many of these passes.
They don’t go for many yards but in short yardage situations, there may not be a better call in the playbook.
With three starting offensive linemen gone after this year, getting defenses confused will be the main priority for Meyer. One of the most effective ways to do that is run the option.
Don’t mistake what he does for the triple option of a guy like Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson but it will be one of the bread and butter plays Ohio State runs next year.
It forces opponents to play sound, disciplined football which is considerably more difficult than it sounds. It also gives the numbers advantage to the offense which will be crucial for the team’s success.