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BuckIQ: No reason for Ohio State to expect drop-off at wide receiver

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Ohio State wide receiver K.J Hill is chasing some major school records as a senior. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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BuckIQ: No reason for Ohio State to expect drop-off at wide receiver

COLUMBUS — There is no point in denying that the losses at wide receiver hurt Ohio State, and Brian Hartline didn’t even bother.

In fact, the second-year position coach made it no secret just how much it stung when the realization hit that the Buckeyes wouldn’t have Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell back to work with this season.

“It’s definitely different,” Hartline said during spring camp. “That’s why when they left, I cried — literally. One, from a culture standpoint and a relationship standpoint just how we had got to know each other. And I’m sure I’m going to do that again this year.

“But we’re developing right now, and it’s a lot of fun.”

If there weren’t so many talented targets waiting in the wings, those practices in March and April might not have been quite so enjoyable for Ohio State. But Hartline again has the makings of a loaded group in the Zone 6 meeting room, and there’s no reason to think the Buckeyes won’t be able to get meet the high standard for that unit.

Why is there so much confidence? Lettermen Row has been doing plenty of film study on those guys on BuckIQ, and as part of Wide Receiver Week, we’re putting the episodes all in one spot to catch up on all the episodes featuring that position.

Roll the tape!

Garrett Wilson

How prominent of a role will Garrett Wilson play season? Where does he fit in with some talented veterans returning for the Buckeyes? Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking it all down in the latest episode of BuckIQ as Wilson’s early reps were analyzed heading into the summer.

Binjimen Victor

Ohio State wide receiver Binjimen Victor is poised to take on a much bigger role with the Buckeyes in 2019. Former Ohio State receiver Terry McLaurin stopped by Lettermen Row studios to break down some of Victor’s biggest plays in 2018.

Jameson Williams

A speedy signee, how quickly can Jameson Williams use that athleticism to get on the field for Ohio State? Evan Spencer fired up the high-school highlights to see what makes the newcomer an asset for the Buckeyes as he arrives ahead of his first training camp.

K.J. Hill

Occasionally overlooked, K.J. Hill is poised to break some school records for wide receivers this season at Ohio State. After electing to come back for another year with the Buckeyes, Evan Spencer breaks down what makes the under-the-radar weapon so crucial for the program.

Jaelen Gill

What is it about Jaelen Gill that has caught the attention of the Buckeyes? How can he take that next step and become a true factor for Ohio State? When does a young receiver truly get comfortable in the system? Former Ohio State wideout Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down the spring performance of Jaelen Gill in the latest episode of BuckIQ

C.J. Saunders

What makes C.J. Saunders such a potentially useful weapon? How does he fit best in the plan for the Buckeyes moving forward? Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down everything about Saunders — and why there’s reason to think he can have a noticeable impact with the program this season in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Chris Olave

How can Chris Olave keep improving this spring? What’s the next phase of his development? How exactly did he do what he did as a freshman? Former Buckeyes wide receiver Evan Spencer was in the Lettermen Row film lab for the latest episode of BuckIQ looking at exactly what has Olave positioned for more success down the road.

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Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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