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Will the 2018 offense end up being Meyer's best?
— Tom Scurlock (@TAS1372) July 1, 2018
All of the pieces would appear to be in place this season at Ohio State to give Urban Meyer the offense of his dreams, one that could rival the machine that was unleashed during the rampage through the postseason in 2014. Even if it was just a small glimpse at what Meyer has been hoping to build from the standpoint of a passing attack that can hit every area of the field, an overpowering offensive line combining with an elite running back and a quarterback who can still provide enough of a threat on the ground, that’s clearly the ideal version of his power-spread system.
So, the only real question is if Dwayne Haskins is ready in his first season as a starter to unlock all that potential at quarterback.
Everything else is right there for Ohio State. The wide receivers came in for some justified criticism two years ago, but Zone 6 took a significant step forward last season in terms of production and now has everybody back with more experience, confidence and another offseason of improvement. The Buckeyes will have to replace some key starters on the offensive line, but Isaiah Prince and Michael Jordan can provide a solid foundation for a unit that appears to be as deep, versatile and talented as Meyer has had with the program. And when it comes to the ground game, there should be absolutely no concern with J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having both already posted 1,000-yard seasons in their careers at Ohio State.
Haskins has already shown in his limited opportunities that he has the tools to lead the Buckeyes where they want to go. If the buzz about his future already wasn’t loud enough, the comeback victory on the road, in the cold, against one of the nation’s best defenses in The Game last season cranked up the volume to deafening levels. Of course, that’s a lot of pressure to put on a first-time starter, especially one who will be replacing a guy who accounted for more touchdowns than anybody in Big Ten history.
But Cardale Jones had to step in for J.T. Barrett once upon a time as well, and he didn’t have nearly as much time to prepare for his shot. The similarities in style between Jones and Haskins are obvious, and while it didn’t quite work out the way it was envisioned in 2015, Ohio State has another opportunity now to help Meyer’s offense evolve.
Haskins is the key. And if he lives up to the advanced billing, get ready for a lot of records to fall at Ohio State.
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