by BUCKEYES for LIFE
Last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes had their ups and downs – they ended up with a 6-7 record. At home, the Buckeyes went 5-2, but just 1-4 in away games. The two losses at home came against Michigan State, 10-7, and against Penn State, 20-14. This year, the Buckeyes will have eight games at home, including premier games against California, Nebraska, and Michigan, with the latter two being Big Ten games. The Buckeyes will face Penn State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State all on the road.
Urban Meyer is coming into Columbus with a 104-23 record. He has six returning starters on offense and nine on defense. Meyer’s projected starters on offense are: QB (RS) Braxton Miller (#5), RB Jordan Hall (#7), TE (RS) Jake Stoneburner (#11)*, WR (RS) Corey “Philly” Brown Jr. (#10), WR (RS) Devin Smith (#15), LT (RS) Jack Mewhort (#74)*, LG (RS) Andrew Norwell (#78), C Corey Linsley (#71), RG Marcus Hall (#79), and RT Reid Fragel (#77).
The defense projects to be: FS (RS) CJ Barnett (#4), SS (RS) Christian Bryant (#2), CB (RS) Travis Howard (#7), CB (RS) Bradley Roby (#25), MIL (RS) Storm Klein (#32), SLB Etienne Sabino (#6), WLB Ryan Shazier (#10), DE (RS) Nathan Williams (#43), DE (RS) John Simon (#54), NT (RS) Johnathan Hankins (#52), DT (RS) Garrett Goebel (#53). The kicker Drew Basil (#24) and punter Ben Buchanan (#17) also return from the 2011 team. The two players with asterisks, Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort, have some off the field problems; those problems may or may not result in their suspensions for a game or two. Stoneburner and Mewhort have not been kicked off the team and the problem was not serious for the two players.
The projected starters are strong, as are the backups, many of who have played in the past season. Running back Carlos Hyde had some big runs last season and will be strong with possible a Beanie Wells type of style. Look for Hyde to get more playing time this year. Behind Braxton, Kenny Guiton will be a great combo with a one-two punch. Speed and pass will be both Guiton’s and Miller’s game. Its’ like Meyers old dynamic duo of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow. In the receiving group, Buckeye newcomer and nephew of former USC and NFL standout Keyshawn Johnson, Michael Thomas, will have a lot of playing time. The always-strong linebacking corps’ top recruit, Curtis Grant, will have his shot to shine in the scarlet and gray.
I predict an 11-1 record for the Buckeyes in 2012. I will not say whom the loss is to, partly due to the fact that I do not want the Buckeyes to lose at all. Realistically, it’s a big change for the Buckeyes and a chance to prove to themselves to the world that they are still here and better then ever, which this is what this year is going to be about. I will say that I believe the loss will be an away game. With no bowl game and no chance of playing for the Big Ten title this year, the Buckeyes will be hungry to get revenge for last year’s losses.
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