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Tony Gerdeman
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May 27, 2019 10:07 am  

The phrase "Next man up" applies here, but it should probably be more like "Next man out and up." When the Buckeyes lost receivers Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon, and Parris Campbell from last season, they also lost three of the Big Ten's top six producers of receptions of 40 yards or more. The big-play trio accounted for 11 of Ohio...


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Bill Pavuk
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May 27, 2019 10:40 am  

From day one, Victor’s size had me excited about him as a possible deep threat, and maybe that materializes this year. But I think we have seen his ceiling. He will contribute and make plays, but I don’t see him as a big play answer.

I like Olave to emerge as a deep threat guy - relatively speaking. He runs great routes, has good speed, and I think is physical enough to muscle the ball away from defenders when needed.

Also, I think Wilson could have a breakthrough year. “We can’t expect too much from a first year player.” To hell with that. Perennial playoff teams seem to have no trouble year after year, in spite of staff turnover and leaders graduating or jumping to the NFL, with getting guys who are in their first year in the program out there making plays. In 2014, we had a lot of veteran leaders but we also had a lot of youth that stepped up and emerged. Zeke was in year one as a starter. Marshall was young. Mike Thomas was young. Garrett Wilson and others stepping up is how OSU goes from conference champ and New Years Six qualifier to playoff participant. It’s an intangible that separates the men from the boys.


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Tony Gerdeman
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May 27, 2019 10:46 am  
Posted by: Bill Pavuk

From day one, Victor’s size had me excited about him as a possible deep threat, and maybe that materializes this year. But I think we have seen his ceiling. He will contribute and make plays, but I don’t see him as a big play answer.

I like Olave to emerge as a deep threat guy - relatively speaking. He runs great routes, has good speed, and I think is physical enough to muscle the ball away from defenders when needed.

Also, I think Wilson could have a breakthrough year. “We can’t expect too much from a first year player.” To hell with that. Perennial playoff teams seem to have no trouble year after year, in spite of staff turnover and leaders graduating or jumping to the NFL, with getting guys who are in their first year in the program out there making plays. In 2014, we had a lot of veteran leaders but we also had a lot of youth that stepped up and emerged. Zeke was in year one as a starter. Marshall was young. Mike Thomas was young. Garrett Wilson and others stepping up is how OSU goes from conference champ and New Years Six qualifier to playoff participant. It’s an intangible that separates the men from the boys.

All of the players you  mentioned in 2014 were second or third-year players though. I expect Wilson to have more impact than any OSU freshman WR since...David Boston? But it's not safe to expect something like that. My expectations could crash and burn.


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S Andrew Alexander
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May 27, 2019 8:22 pm  

As long as Jaelen doesn't drop as many balls as Parris did early in his career I'll be happy.


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Kurt Mews
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May 28, 2019 8:26 pm  

A few takeaways;

OSU has plenty of experience, depth and speed, our WR's are the least of our concerns. .
Day knows how to coach QB's.
Fields will automatically give us a short term RPO.
The first question is how fast can Fields learn to throw short and intermediate routes and then stretch D's.
The second question is how well will our OL pass block and run block.


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