Ohio State Football: 3 Breakout Stars For 2018

Ohio State Football: 3 Breakout Stars For 2018

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Ohio State Football: 3 Breakout Stars For 2018


Yeah we’re still months away from the college football season, but if you’re a superfan, is there really an offseason? Here’s an early look at three potential breakout stars for the Ohio State football team this fall.


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Ohio State Football: 3 Breakout Stars For 2018

It happens every year at a place like Ohio State. Guys that have been biding their time behind other stars get a shot to show what they’re made of once the exodus to the NFL occurs.

Guys like Malik Hooker, Vonn Bell, Ezekiel Elliot and Michael Thomas all waited their time, but once it arrived, they too became household names that went on to the NFL.

So who is next on that list? There’s going to be at least two to three names surface that you haven’t heard of. Last year it was the likes of Parris Campbell and J.K. Dobbins, and we’ll see the same happen this year.

We’re going to do our best to identify three names that could have break-out years in 2018.

 CB – Kendall Sheffield

Sheffield took an unconventional path to OSU. He was originally committed to Alabama as a five-star recruit out of Missouri City, TX, but ended up going the Junior College route after getting lost in the shuffle of the depth chart in Tuscaloosa.

After going from Blinn College to Ohio State, Sheffield was able to break into the rotation last year and finished with 40 total tackles, four passes defended, and one forced fumble.

It was modest numbers, but maybe a sign of things to come.

Now that there is further playing time available with more departures, he has a shot at being the full-time starter. At the least, he figures to see a significant increase in playing time.

Sheffield is an unbelievable athlete with the type of speed that is All-Big Ten type. Not football All-Big Ten type, but track All-Big Ten type. Want proof, look no further than the school record he set in the 60 meter dash he set just a few days ago. It was the fastest time in the Big Ten this year, and 14th best in the country.

Needless to say, those set of skills will do him well in coverage and in making up for mistakes in route coverage that every cornerback needs in his arsenal to close on the ball.

WR – Binjimen Victor

I’m a big believer in the measurables and skill set the 6-4, 195 lb. Victor brings to the table. He’s not the fastest wide receiver on the field, but reminds me a little bit of former OSU wide receivers Michael Jenkings and Michael Thomas.

Both were rangy with the size, body control, and hands to be counted on for possession type of scenarios, but also as a dangerous option down inside the red zone.

The coaches have been very high on Victor, he just hasn’t had the reps and success on the field yet that will translate into the confidence needed to take that next step.

It’s all just a matter of getting things right in the head.

Ohio State has its entire receiving corps back for 2018, but I truly believe Victor is going to be one that separates himself from the pack as one of the most reliable options when the new QB needs it.

He has big play ability written all over him, and I think this is the year you see it all come together.

QB – Dwayne Haskins, Jr.

Yeah, yeah. Of course Haskins should be identified as a break-out guy for Ohio State this fall. He looks to be the next wunderkind to get the keys to the offense. J.T. Barrett scrambling off into the sunset — and no he wasn’t short — so it’s No. 7’s job to lose really.

And there’s a lot of reasons why. Haskins was one of the most talented QB recruits coming out of the 2017 class because of his big, accurate arm, his poise, and height to see over defenses.

Of course we saw all of that come to fruition in the second half comeback against TTUN in The Game last fall, when he conducted the offense with confidence and efficiency.

It’ll be a little different offense with Haskins under center, and we shouldn’t totally forget about Tate Martell and Joe Burrow who will also get a shot to compete and grab the reigns, but my money is on Haskins cementing the job and becoming the next QB superstar in Columbus.

 

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