Someone else got to shine on the Ohio State Buckeyes’ offense this week.
Braxton Miller did of course, but for once all the talk was not about running back Carlos Hyde despite another 100-yard rushing game.
That talk was about tight end Jeff Heuerman. He may not be as flashy as Miller or Hyde, but he gets the job done. His performance on Saturday against the Purdue Boilermakers was impressive and helped fans take notice.
Heuerman caught five passes for a career-high 116 yards and a touchdown. He was one of five different Ohio State receivers to catch a touchdown pass. Heuerman was wide open when he caught a 40-yard pass from Miller and ran it into the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 edge over Purdue early in the game.
He led all receivers in yardage by a wide margin against Purdue. The second-most receiving yards were by Dontre Wilson and Evan Spencer, who each had 34 yards receiving.
We mostly hear about receivers Corey “Philly” Brown, Devin Smith, or even Spencer when it comes to the Ohio State passing game, but not this week. Heuerman proved that he can also make an impact on the Ohio State offense and that he cannot be ignored. His size, at 6-foot-6, 250-pounds makes him difficult to tackle, helps him muscle his way through multiple defenders, and makes him a reliable blocker.
It seems like Miller has found yet another dependable receiver he can throw to. Heuerman has been relatively quiet this season, but we should start to see and hear more of him as he proved on Saturday just how capable he is on the Ohio State offense.
This is what makes Ohio State’s offense so explosive. Their supply of offensive weapons seems to be never-ending, with different players proving themselves just about every week. Who will shine in their next game on November 16?
You never know.