How Ohio State Will Look If Dwayne Haskins Is Quarterback

How Ohio State Will Look If Dwayne Haskins Is Quarterback

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How Ohio State Will Look If Dwayne Haskins Is Quarterback


Despite what some of the masses say, an all-time great has ridden off into the sunset. How will the Ohio State offense change without J.T. Barrett under center? First we look at what things will look like with Dwayne Haskins as the guy. 


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How Ohio State Will Look If Dwayne Haskins Is Quarterback

By all accounts and measures, the guy pulling the strings under center for Ohio State the last few years will go down as one of the greats in Ohio State history.

And if you don’t think so, then your expectations need a little leveling. Alas, the show must go on as they say.

Time And Change

Now that Barrett’s gone, the offense will need to evolve around a new leader and starter. That job appears to be Dwayne Haskins’ to lose, so we’ll take a look at how things might evolve with him pulling the trigger before we hit our wandering compass to go towards another signal-caller.

With Barrett, you basically had a quarterback with running back skills. He was probably a better passer than many gave him credit for, but there’s no denying he showed more inconsistency than North Korean missile test.

So we’ll keep all that in mind.

If there’s one thing I know about Urban Meyer, it’s that he’ll mold the offense around what his quarterback does best. All we have to do is look at what the offense looked like with Kenny Guiton under center while Braxton Miller was on the mend for a few weeks in 2012.

There weren’t as many QB pulls, but a lot more quick-slants and swing passes. Guiton was a distributor, with a little bit of designed runs mixed in.

So what about Haskins?

The Passing Threat

By far, what stands apart with the 6-3, 214 lb. sophomore-to-be is his arm strength and accuracy. He’s been praised for being able to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball on frame.

We saw a bit of that against Michigan last year when he had to take over for Barrett because of injury. He gave his receivers the opportunity to get through their routes, then was able to deliver the ball on time and on point.

The result was a comeback win, and another bitter disappointment for Michigan. You can probably rinse and repeat those types of efforts if he’s the guy in the fall.

Gone will be the QB runs when all else breaks down. If we’re being honest, Barrett was to Meyer what blankets and woobies are to infants and toddlers.

When things got more real than a tax audit on your birthday, you knew, I knew, and the other team knew that Barrett was keeping the ball and trying to use his moxie to get things done.

It’s not like the coaching staff will totally abandon everything Haskins can do on the ground, but it won’t be the package that’s dog-eared, highlighted and starred in the playbook.

Instead, you can expect the coaching staff to ask Haskins to throw the ball more in 2018’s version of the offense.

There will be the same quick passes on the outside, but there will also be an organized effort to try to take the top off the defense with the vertical passing game more — especially with the top six receivers all back for another year.

More Carries For The Running Backs

And let’s not forget about the running game. There was an unintentional effort to forget about the tailbacks when the offense ran aground too often with Barrett under center.

That’s because Meyer went back to the warm glass of milk when the offense sputtered. And why not? More often than not, despite being predictable, putting the ball in Barrett’s hands and going playground ball worked.

With Haskins under center, that’s less likely to happen, and that’s not a bad thing. With two talented running backs that’ll get the bulk of the work, the ground game should be in the game-plan each and every week, and it should be a heavy dose of both Weber and Dobbins.

In some ways then, having Haskins inserted in place of Barrett might open up the ideas and play-calling of the OSU staff. You’ll still see a balanced offense, but maybe with some more air miles mixed in, and some more home-run shots down the field.

Of course you’ll still see some power ground and pound and the occasional QB run, but defenses will no longer be able to load up and play downhill to stop the running game first.

 

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