Ohio State Football: Will Urban Meyer Let Dwayne Haskins Sling It This Year?

Ohio State Football: Will Urban Meyer Let Dwayne Haskins Sling It This Year?

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Ohio State Football: Will Urban Meyer Let Dwayne Haskins Sling It This Year?


Dwayne Haskins is more of a sniper than running back, but Urban Meyer likes to use the legs of the QB in his offense. Will it be different this year?


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Ohio State Football: Will Urban Meyer Let Dwayne Haskins Sling It This Year?

Tim Tebow, Braxton Miller, Alex Smith, and of course J.T. Barrett. If there’s one thing we know about the Urban Meyer spread, it’s that the warm glass of milk is the Q-run when all else fails, and it’s certainly been that way since Meyer has arrived in Columbus.

He inherited a dynamic quarterback that could make plays in the open field with Braxton Miller in year one, and then enjoyed the better of four years with Barrett gritting out first downs and taking the brunt of expectations when third down came around.

But now Barrett is gone, and we’re staring at a changing of the guard here with the presumption that Dwayne Haskins will be the guy — in fact Meyer showed us all the writing on the wall after Joe Burrow decided to air-lift out of Lane Avenue for a shot at eating crawfish and being the guy down in Baton Rouge.

That pretty much leaves the 6-4, 213 lb. rocket launcher out of Potomac, Maryland as the one that should be able to stretch the defense and provide a real-live passing presence for Ohio State this season.

That’s because Haskins’ strength is not in being an extra runner to account for in the backfield, but rather a more pro-type passing threat that would rather stand in the pocket, go through his progressions, and pick out open receivers that come open.

But one still has to wonder whether Meyer will be able to let go of years of habit and personality and let Haskins do his thing. When you’ve won the amount of games Meyer has, and you do it a certain way, it’s hard to get out the lane that’s taken you to your destination more often than not.

But he must.

Ohio State returns its six-top receivers from last year — a downright bounty of riches in today’s college football world. There’s also an offensive line that returns a lot of experience and should be able to pass protect and give Haskins the time he needs use the accurate arm he’s shown to possess.

Aside from that, defenses will be hard-pressed to drop back and make life difficult because of the two talented running backs in the backfield. Simply put, this could be the most explosive and balanced offense the Buckeyes have had under Meyer, with the potential to rival any that’s come through the tunnel on the banks of the Olentangy.

The coaching staff lets to let the offense breathe this year, not fall into the trap of going back to a well that’s run dry when the modern plumbing is there to keep things flowing.

Let ‘er rip Urban.

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