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2016 tOSU Offense Discussion

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ScriptOhio, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    An Early Look at the 2016 Ohio State Depth Chart on Offense

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    What is the Ohio State depth chart going to look like in 2016? In a few words? Very, very different than it looked in 2015.

    To give you an idea of what to expect — and due to popular demand — we are going to break down the projected 2016 Buckeye depth charts for you, starting with the offensive side of the ball.

    I have already eliminated those underclassmen who are weighing their NFL decisions because I expect them all to forego the rest of their eligibility.

    (Current 2016 commits are included.)

    See O-Zone's offensive depth chart for 2016: http://theozone.net/Ohio-State/Football/2015/News/An-Early-Look-at-the-2016-Ohio-State-Depth-Chart-on-Offense
     
  2. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Just going to go on record early with some predictions:

    1.) I think by year end the WR group, as a whole, will be very close if not better than the '15 group. I am also talking all aspects such as blocking, etc. This is based on the expected signing of Mack and Corley which would be 2 very talented guys to add to the mix making an already competitive meeting room even moreso.

    2.) Almost the same can be said for my thoughts on the OL. I don't expect them by years end to be on par w/ the '15 squad but by conference play I don't see the group as a liability at all and it wouldn't surprise me if they were really turning heads.

    3.) JT will be in the Heisman discussion. And he will have more rushing yards than anyone is comfortable with. He will carry the team on his back (and with his feet) quite a bit, especially early. By years end the talk will be how close he is to breaking Braxton's career TD record.

    4.) Weber will look great but it will be RBBC more than any time in the Urban Meyer era.

    5.) tOSU will have the most prolific offense in the B1G
     
  3. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Some bold predications... I like it!
     
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  4. bucknut502

    bucknut502 Junior

    That's very safe to say...He needs just 22 TD's to break it, which is the number he had this year playing less than half the snaps.
     
  5. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Urban Renewal Project

    JT has to stay healthy. No way around it.

    I am not as concerned about this unit as the defense. Wish we still had Jalin out there but Elflein coming back makes me think the line is going to be just fine. He's 100% a captain this season.

    In my opinion, I think it all depends on Noah Brown. If he can be as good as he was this last preseason for the offense all year, they got a shot and being really good. The young guys will have growing pains like always with a few really coming on somewhere in the middle. RB's will all be good I have no doubt. Torrance Gibson is the wild card. If he really comes on the offense has a lightning rod that can set things on fire I think. A ton of weapons for JT to utilize once again if they can all stay on the field.

    Can we kick field goals this year is another question? Do we have to get into the red zone every time as an offense to score or will the 30 be close enough? Takes a lot of pressure off with a good kicker.
     
  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    EXPLORING OHIO STATE'S CANDIDATES TO SUCCEED EZEKIEL ELLIOTT AT RUNNING BACK IN 2016

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    When Ezekiel Elliott took the handoff from J.T. Barrett and raced 47 yards to the University of Phoenix Stadium end zone untouched behind perfect blocking from his teammates, he all but pushed the Fiesta Bowl out of reach of Notre Dame and firmly into Ohio State's grasp.

    What the run also did, however, was represent Elliott's exit of Urban Meyer's program.

    Sure, Elliott tallied nine more rushing attempts in Ohio State's 44-28 victory over the Fighting Irish New Year's Day after that score, but it was the final exclamation point on the tailback's brilliant career. He didn't tally another carry of more than six yards in the game's final two quarters, making that final sprint to pay dirt the final time Buckeye fans will see him rip off a huge play while donning the scarlet and gray.

    It's partly what Elliott became known for his three seasons at Ohio State — huge touchdown jaunts that carried the Buckeyes to victories, in addition to bone-crushing blocking from the running back position. Now, though, Elliott is gone, set to enter the NFL Draft early along with six other underclassmen teammates.
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    BRI'ONTE DUNN, REDSHIRT SENIOR
    Dunn's spent the most recent portions of his Buckeye career on special teams, after admittedly being unwilling to put in the time there upon entering the program before the 2012 season.

    "It started with kickoff and special teams contributions last year. He was outstanding by the end of the year," Meyer said of Dunn last spring. "Kind of floated around here for a couple of years and did nothing. I mean, nothing."

    Dunn did his best to seize an opportunity to show his worth during spring practice before this past season, as Elliott nursed a surgically repaired wrist. It only yielded 14 carries in 2015 for a grand total of 91 yards, but Dunn did visit the end zone once in a 38-0 victory against Hawai'i Sept. 12. His best moments were on special teams, where he contributed on more than one unit.

    With fellow class of 2012 signee and running back Warren Ball likely on his way out of the program (Ball was recognized on senior day this year, Dunn was not), the fifth-year player has one final go-round to make an impact albeit with a horde of young talent anxiously waiting behind him.
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    Entire article: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2016/01/66034/exploring-ohio-states-candidates-to-succeed-ezekiel-elliott-at-running-back-in-2016
     
  7. RobotParty

    RobotParty Junior

    This is going to be the most exciting off season in the Meyer era. There are so many talented players to get excited about. Brown, Samuel, Campbell and Gibson are all outstanding blockers. Whoever wins the starting RB spot is going to have one hell of a group setting the edges for him. Part of me hopes it's Samuel because of his dynamic mobility, but another part of me would love to see a short, powerful guy like Weber sneaking through our OL. I think they will both get a decent chunk of the carries with Samuel moving to H when Weber is at RB. I think it will shake out looking something like this:

    Speed:
    QB: Barrett
    RB: Samuel
    H: Wilson
    WR: Brown
    WR: Campbell
    TE: Baugh
    LT: Jones
    LG: Price
    C: Elflein
    RG: Lisle
    RT: Prince

    Inside Power:
    RB: Weber
    H: Samuel
    WR: Brown
    WR: Campbell
    TE: Baugh

    Empty:
    H: Samuel
    WR: Brown
    WR: Campbell
    WR: McLaurin
    WR: Gibson/ Hill/ Clark

    With some experience, this group could be crazy good.
     
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  8. buckeyesin07

    buckeyesin07 Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    This may be what concerns me most about next year. JT, with all the youth on the '16 team, will be relied upon enormously to lead. We cannot afford for him to run so much that he gets hurt, much like was the case with Brax as QB under Urban and JT in '14. Urban realizes this, and alluded to passing the ball more in his comments following the Fiesta Bowl.
     
  9. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Here's another wrinkle not discussed: Demario. Anyone seen his practice video from Army Allstar practice? Good gracious. Been thinking of the combo approach of him with Weber instead of Samuel and Weber. Bigger contrast that way. Rotate those 2 for speed/power change of pace and keep Samuel at H.

    All this just makes a point. Everyone was nuts when Dontre committed because he was the first elite speed/skill recruit for Urban and now we bring in guys like Demario and nobody talks about his contribution year one.

    There's some perspective on rebuild vs. reload.
     
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  10. RobotParty

    RobotParty Junior

    That's a great point. He's so dynamic, I wouldn't be surprised if he plays as a freshman.
     
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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    As long as they can adequately replace the 3 slob seniors on the O-line, I think the skill players on offense are there to be extremely competitive. The real challenge for Ohio State is replacing the 8 starters lost on the defensive side.
     
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  12. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Urban has talked about retooling the offense... he said he wants what we were against ND with 31 throws instead of the heavy run that we had this year. My predictions for next year are as followed.

    1. OL will start off solid and be great by years end. We will be more athletic up front and will do a better job protecting JT.

    2. Our throw game will be better next year hands down. JT will have the touchdown record by game 6.

    3. To take throw game comment further our WRs will be better than last year's group as well .

    4. Weber and Samuel will lead the way for us and they'll go for 1400 yards combined. JT will go for 900-1000.

    5. Leading recievers will be Brown, Dontre,Mack and Gibson

    Bold BOLD prediction. ..

    6. 12-2 is our final record with loses to Oklahoma and in the first round of the playoffs
     
  13. SloopyHangOn

    SloopyHangOn WhoO WhoO WhoO!

    It's going to again be a matter of how well the talent is used.

    As proven by the exodus this year, the amount of talent on this '15 squad is ridiculous. They never had a chance to hit max potential.

    Maybe this next group of guys will get a better shot.
     
  14. Hstead

    Hstead Senior

    Boys, good news, the 2016 offense might have hope. See the OC Tim Beck thread.

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
     
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  15. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    With uncertainty at TE and WR, has anyone heard anything about Rashod Berry and AJ Alexander? Both athletic freaks with great size and speed but don't have a true position yet. And both could be very good end zone threats
     

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