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BuckIQ: Ohio State tight ends can help in even more ways this season

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Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson can get creative with tight ends. (Sammy Silverman/Lettermen Row)

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BuckIQ: Ohio State tight ends can help in even more ways this season

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State offense simply wouldn’t function the same without its tight ends.

Could that position still give the Buckeyes even more work that could elevate the attack? Potentially, but there’s really nothing wrong with the system as it is, and the guys that make up arguably the most reliable unit on the team have no problems with their current roles.

So, the timeless question about whether Ohio State will throw the football more to that position probably won’t have a drastically different answer this season. But that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the Buckeyes regularly trust two or even three tight ends to be on the field at the same time, shouldn’t diminish the value of their blocking — and definitely won’t keep those versatile athletes from developing into NFL-caliber players.

“Being known as a pass-catcher like everybody would say, but coming here where it’s technically more run-blocking stuff and perimeter blocking, I think it’s just going to help me in the long run,” junior Jeremy Ruckert Ruckert said. “The biggest thing for me when I was getting recruited was that not only do they produce NFL tight ends — the last three or four tight ends they’ve had are still in the league right now, and I think and that was important — but also the fact that they care about us off the field just as much as on the field.

“You know you’re going to be developed in a way to make it to the next level football-wise, but you also know you’re going to be able to have a career afterward and move on.”

That seems inevitable for Ruckert and Luke Farrell at the top of the depth chart for the Buckeyes, but the pipeline is well-stocked with tight ends with that same potential. And as Tight Ends Week winds down at Lettermen Row, let’s look back at all the recent BuckIQ episodes to get a feel for what all Ohio State has to work with this season.

Roll the tape!

Luke Farrell is vital to Ohio State offense

How could Luke Farrell help expand the Ohio State offense as a passing-game target? What is the key for the Buckeyes tight end as he tries to find more ways to contribute beyond as a blocker? When will he come off NFL Draft boards next year? Former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner was back in the film lab at Lettermen Row breaking down the highlights and answering those questions in this episode of BuckIQ.

Jeremy Ruckert evolving into complete tight end

Why is there so much excitement around Ohio State about the potential for Jeremy Ruckert? What has he proven to the Buckeyes after two years in the program? How high is the ceiling for him at tight end? Former Ohio State teammate Rashod Berry was in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down a few clips and answering those questions in this episode of BuckIQ.

Cade Stover brings hard-nosed versatility to Buckeyes

What makes Cade Stover a good fit for Ohio State on offense? How will his skills translate to tight end for the Buckeyes after spending his first season with the program on defense? Is this the right spot for him permanently moving forward? Former Ohio State captain and two-way standout Zach Boren was back in the Lettermen Row film lab looking at some clips of Stover and trying to answer those questions in this episode of BuckIQ.

Joe Royer gives Ohio State another tall, talented target

What made Joe Royer so appealing to Ohio State as a recruit? What can the four-star prospect become at tight end for the Buckeyes? When might he start having an impact on the field for the program? Former Ohio State and NFL tight end Jake Stoneburner was back in the film lab looking at highlights and trying to answer those questions in this episode of BuckIQ.

Austin Ward

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.