Urban Meyer has quickly rebuilt the Ohio State Buckeyes into a power in the Big Ten thanks in part to his offensive philosophy. But for the Buckeyes to take their success to the next level, Meyer has to find that difference maker on offense that can provide a spark every time they touch the football. Could sophomore Dontre Wilson become that player in 2014?
When Wilson signed on with Ohio State, many pundits exclaimed that Meyer had found his next Percy Harvin. That’s pretty high praise as Harvin was the lynch-pin to much of Meyer’s success with the Florida Gators out of his hybrid “pivot” position. Wilson appeared to possess a lot of the same skills and abilities coming out of high school but still has to prove that they translate to big-time college football.
As a true freshman in 2013, Wilson saw limited action in a complementary role. He rushed the ball just 31 times, gaining 250 yards, while catching 22 passes for 216 yards with three total touchdowns. He never got much of an opportunity to show what he was capable of as he learned the offense behind other hybrid-style players like Philly Brown.
But with Brown now gone, along with two of the team’s top running backs in Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, Ohio State is looking for new playmakers to emerge in 2014. That means Wilson should see an expanded role in the offense with Meyer drawing up all kinds of ways to get the ball into the talented sophomore’s hands. If he can deliver on his outstanding potential this fall, look for Dontre Wilson to have a breakout season and take Ohio State to the next level.
The Ohio State football schedule has the team beginning their season August 30 against the Navy Midshipmen. Conference matchups include games against Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan. The Buckeyes went 12-2 and 8-0 in Big Ten games last season. They lost to the Clemson Tigers in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3.