Ohio State Football’s 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading into 2014
5 Intriguing Players to Watch
This past week, the Ohio State Buckeyes began spring football practice. It’s an exciting time of year for the teams as they get to see where they are talent wise. It also gives them a chance to see what talent they don’t have.
The schedule for the Buckeyes’ spring practices are as follows. They will have practice 15 practices between now and April 12 with the last one being the team’s spring game. Urban Meyer has 93 total players on his squad, and 39 of them are returning letterman. Ohio State also returns 12 starters on offense and defense from last year’s 12-2 team.
There are many interesting and intriguing players to keep an eye this spring. One player you shouldn’t watch this spring is quarterback Braxton Miller. Simply put, Miller won’t be practicing so you won’t be able to watch him. He’ll be recovering from shoulder surgery.
We’ve already discussed the most intriguing position battles facing the Buckeyes this spring, but what about the others? On this list, you’ll find players involved in position battles as well some returning stars with work left to do. Meyer has a good squad, but there is improving that needs to be done in order to finish the job they couldn’t finish last year.
Ohio State has five players on the squad that will be intriguing to watch this fall. Freshmen, seniors, players involved in position battles and other players needing to prove themselves -- they are all right here. As the Buckeyes dive into spring practice and eventually venture off into the regular season, here are five intriguing players heading into the 2014 football season.
5. Doran Grant - Cornerback
Bradley Roby is gone, so there is now a need for a shutdown corner in the secondary. Doran Grant finished the season starting opposite of Roby. While he was inconsistent, there is potential in Grant. Armani Reeves and Eli Apple will be battling to replace Roby, so Grant will need to be solid on his side for the Buckeyes' defense to really improve from last year.
4. Dontre Wilson - Wide Receiver/Running Back
Dontre Wilson’s freshman year was a bit interesting to say the least. He carried the football. He caught the football. He did a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes’ offense. Wilson is a speedster, and that’s something the Buckeyes will need more of on offense. Is Wilson ready to take over a role that will have him on the field every down?
3. Vonn Bell - Safety
Unfortunately, sophomore defensive back Vonn Bell won’t be practicing in the spring due to a torn MCL. Hopefully it won’t affect his play that much since he could become a key player in the Buckeyes’ secondary. He got more and more playing time as his freshman season rolled on, so you can expect him to compete for significant playing time this fall.
2. Raekwon McMillan - Linebacker
Freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan has a legitimate shot at starting in place of the now-departed Ryan Shazier. Urban Meyer is not afraid to start freshman, so it’s very possible he’ll have a true freshman starting at middle linebacker. McMillan was one of the Buckeyes’ most prized signings, so look for him to have an impact this fall.
1. Braxton Miller - Quarterback
The most obvious choice, Braxton Miller is entering his senior season for the Buckeyes and is a favorite to win the Heisman. You won’t see him much in spring practice due to his shoulder surgery, but he’ll be 100-percent for the fall. Last season, Miller led the way for the Big Ten’s most prolific offense. Look for him to continue that success in 2014.