CHICAGO, Sporting Alert — Defending national champion Ohio State have been selected as the preseason No. 1 NCAA college football team and on paper, they seem very well placed to repeat as champs.
In the moments after the Buckeyes sealed the national championship over the highly favourites Oregon, many Ohio State football fans allowed themselves to savor the taste of glory and the satisfaction of silencing their many doubters.
However, over the next few days and weeks, the fanbase’s mindset turned to the inevitable question: how can a championship act like 2014-2015 be followed?
The good news for Ohio State fans is that the 2015-16 team is arguably deeper, more talented, and better off as a program than they were last season.
The Buckeyes return 15 starters from their championship team, including three of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten.
Urban Meyer’s unquestioned mastery of coaching in the NCAA suggests that he will not waste this embarrassment of riches.
His ego management talents and skill at incorporating new coaches and players into his system will be on full display this season.
If Meyer can figure out a way to share reps among Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones, as well as develop a new big-play receiver or tight end and shore up the team’s often-porous run defense, this Buckeyes team should find itself in the midst of a confetti shower at the pinnacle of college football yet again.
The forward thinking mind of Meyer has also led him to discover a way in getting some of his best talents on the field.
Blessed with three outstanding quarterbacks, who have proven over time that either of them could lead the team in the ball distribution department, it now seems Meyer has decided to take another one of his bold approaches and use the versatile Miller as wide receiver.
Miller Is ‘Serious’ About New Role
Initially, the veteran coach called the early announcement about Miller “premature” but it seems he’s well on board with the new move.
“I think Braxton will play wide receiver,” Meyer said. “He’s a smart guy and said, ‘What is the Plan B?’” Meyer said.
“I was a wide receivers coach for a long time. There’s a tendency to forget how good he is.
“He’s moved up to the top 5-6 workers (in the weight room) on our team. He’s serious right now.”
By SportingAlert.com Contributor