Bucket Full of Buckeyes: The New Breed

Greg CookseyCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on from the sideline during the second quarter while playing the Troy Trojans on September 20, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 28-10.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It is just a little more then a week left before Jim Tressel and company hit the practice field for fall practice . With the old faces that you have become familiar with over the past few years now gone, you may wondering who it will be to step up and fill the roles left by others.

So in this very first edition of Bucket Full Of Buckeyes we will give you some names that you can look for came Saturday this fall.

There's A New Breed  In Town

This fall there will be no Malcom Jenkins, James Laurinites, Brian Hartline, Marcus Freemen, Brian Robiskie, Todd Boeckmen, Beenie Wells, etc. So will the Buckeyes miss any  of the guys in this past group of players? Maybe.

That certainly does not mean that the current team does not have it's own core group of exciting players and difference makers on it. The Buckeyes will have some familiar faces, but for the most part a very new look.  

Here are some players to keep an eye on during fall practice and into the regular season.

On Offense

Terrelle Pryor: Yeah he is an obvious pick but the success of the offense really is going to depend on him. The Buckeyes need him to continue to be able to use his abilities to dominate defenses.

He must also show the ability to have a short memory. He needs to learn why he made the mistake and then move forward on the next play or set of downs I am also anxious to see how well he has improved with his throwing has become. He had a phenomenal spring game so hopeful that will continue as the season starts.

Pryor took up the sport of golf to help his confidence this summer and some think that it has really helped him with his improvement. Cleveland Indians fans may remember  a saying during the mid-'90s pertaining to Kenny Lofton that, "As Lofton goes, so go the Indians."

In other words, how he started a game usually set a tone for the Indians since he was the lead off hitter. That will also be true for Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes this season. He wants to be a leader for the team, now he will get his chance. Let's see how he can embrace the undertaking.

De Vier Posey: 
He was some what stuck behind Brian Robiskie and Hartline,  last season, how ever when the ball was thrown to him he made an impact. This year he should start for the Buckeyes and is my pick to be a break out candidate. He is fast, can run good routes, stretch the field, and is a deep threat as well.

Dane Sanzenbacher may have a edge on him for the No. 1 receiver job since he was the Buckeyes leading receiver last season.   Regardless, listen for Posey's name  plenty of times this season.

Jake Ballard:
I know that throwing to the tight end is not something that Jim Tressel has done a lot of in the past, however, if a spread offense is going to work then he has to get the tight end involved.

If Tressel does decide to use the tight end more then Jake Ballard will be a difference maker. He is a big target and has playmaking abilities necessary to keep pressure of the wide outs. Look for him on the field this year.

Offensive linemen
: While what Terrelle Pryor does is going to set the tone for the team it is the offensive line that is going to determine how effective Pryor is going to be. Micheal Brewster, Mike Adams, JB Shugarts, and in coming transfer Justin Boren  are all going to have to  provide Pryor with the time and protection.

Staying healthy is going to be a big key for these guys this season because the unit was really banged up last year. Also Brewster, Adams, and Shugarts were all part of a package that was a premiere group of O-linemen they need to play like it.

On Defense

Kurt Colemen: He has been a solid player through out his tenure with the Buckeyes, now he will be looked upon for leadership and will should play the part.

He ran a lot of the team summer workouts and drills since coaches are not allowed to participate until August 10. He did a great job. He is a big playmaker on the field, is he Malcom Jenkins? No,  look for big things from him though.

Thadeas Gibson:
The guys is a monster. He is huge, strong, and just about everything else you want in a D-lineman. Gibson had a great freshman campaign causing a lot of problems O-linemen and getting into the backfield a lot. An improved version of him is a scary thought but some thing I look forward to seeing.

Tyler Moholler: This kid is very versatile. He is also speedy and can make plays with the best of them. He can really come up with a big hit too!

Devon Torrance: He has played minor league baseball in the past for the Houston Astros organization. This summer committed himself to football only and many feel you will see put up a serious fight for the No. 2 cornerback spot.

Ross Homan: Big  linebacker who is quick and strong. One of the things that really impressed me when I saw him at the spring game a few years back is his ability to run down a quarterback and get into the back field.

Cameron Heyward- He is in his junior year and has made plays during his whole career at Ohio State no reason he won't this year either.

I am sure that there are some players that I have left off but these are the one's that came to mind when I sat down to write this. If anyone who thinks someone I left off should be part of this list feel free to add them. I won't be insulted or offended at all.


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