Ohio State vs Maryland: Freshmen Impact on Offense?
Will these Ohio State freshmen make an impact the rest of the season?
In the dominant win over Nebraska, Ohio State freshmen who hadn’t been involved much in the offense so far this season were very effective. Will Demario McCall, K.J. Hill and A.J. Alexander back up their performances and make an impact against Maryland?
McCall was the leading rusher for the Buckeyes against the Cornhuskers with 73 yards on 16 carries. The freshman has played well this season but only in spot duty. Will he be featured against the Terrapins to let the ailing Mike Weber rest a little to be relatively fresh for the two important games coming up?
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Urban Meyer has been waiting for K.J. Hill to make an impact. Last Saturday he caught five passes for 66 yards. Many expect Hill to be that explosive downfield threat Ohio State sorely needs. Expect him to be targeted often against Maryland.
Redshirt freshman A.J. Alexander only had one reception through eight games and was used mostly as a blocker. He had three catches against Nebraska and one was a nice catch on a crossing pattern in traffic. Marcus Baugh has had problems with a leg injury lately, so having another pass catching tight end is good news for the Buckeyes.
Another freshman to keep your eye on is Binjimen Victor. He didn’t have a catch against Nebraska but was targeted.
Urban Meyer has been wanting to get the 6-4 wide receiver involved in the offense, but he is raw and has just now developed enough to earn playing time. Victor has terrific speed and athleticism and could be an impact player for Ohio State moving forward. Will the Maryland game be his coming out party?
After nine games of the season, a lot of the starters and key backups are a little banged up which is always the case with a grueling Big Ten schedule. It’s good to see that some of the talented young players with fresh legs are progressing enough to possibly make an impact. It may be just what the Buckeyes need in their stretch run.