Ohio State Has A Balancing Act To Perform With So Many Weapons

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Ohio State Has A Balancing Act To Perform With So Many Weapons

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Ohio State Has A Balancing Act To Perform With So Many Weapons


With so much talent at the skill position, how does Ohio State keep everyone happy?


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On Saturday Ohio State showed everyone how dynamic its offense can be with Dwayne Haskins pulling the trigger. But it’s not just him.

Mike Weber rose from the hamstring injury ashes to have a career day, and almost everyone got a piece of the pie as the Buckeyes put up a 77 spot on the board.

And while that would seem to be a good problem to have, there is a downside to having so many playmakers. Somewhere along the way, it might take some spackle, mud, and deep-tissue massaging to make everyone happy.

After all, it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes putting up over 700 yards of offense on a week-to-week basis. Maybe that happens in an old version of pre-Ed O’Bannon EA Sports NCAA Football, but not in the real world without the benefit of the “A” and “B” buttons.

Somewhere, somehow, one of the top-six wide-receivers, one or both of the two ultra-talented running backs, or the electrifying backup quarterback are going to want more opportunities.

Unless, that is, this is the most unselfish team in the history of college athletic endeavors.

Don’t believe me? See exhibit A of Joe Burrow transferring. We all saw that he was good enough to be the main squeeze Saturday night against Miami, and Tate Martell might be feeling the same way given time.

And although running back Mike Weber is happier than a mosquito at a blood bank after getting 20 touches and 186 yards, that’s unlikely to be the case each week. J.K. Dobbins will also be yearning for the chance to make big plays. He’s tasted it before. He’ll want to whet the pallet again.

When meeting with the media earlier this week, Weber addressed his decision to return to Ohio State and what reasons he looked at as potential of leaving the program.

Not getting the carries I expected … not getting the opportunities. I just wanted a chance to compete and an opportunity to get the ball.

That says it all right there. Players have always wanted to get their chance to be a big part of things throughout the history of college football, but even more so in today’s day and age with the media attention and more flexible transfer rules.

We’ve said it before. This might be the most talented offense Urban Meyer has ever had, and it’s going to be mighty tough to call the right plays and get the right weapons aligned to not have some friendly fire.

It’s the coaches’ jobs to win games however it comes, but there are still personalities to manage and the future to think about. There are relationships built and a sense of gratitude and loyalty that can often play into things.

Someone that could be in the spotlight at another program is likely to feel left out in 2018 and make their voice heard by action.

In the meantime, it’s going to be fun watching this offense operate and evolve over the year. Let’s just hope that egos can be checked at the door until at least the off-season.

 

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