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Urban Meyer has had his eye on Kevin Wilson for a while, and now they’re united

Meyer has studied Wilson going back to 2000. Now it’s time for them to make magic in Columbus.

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“Meyer has long admired Wilson from afar. Now they get to work together.”

- Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Meyer has had his eye on Wilson for a while now. Maybe not necessarily to get him into a coaching capacity, but just what he had been producing on the field at Northwestern back in 2000 caught his eye. Wilson’s offense was third in the country in yards per game that season. "We studied them relentlessly," Meyer told Landis last year. "They were dynamic." The offense will mostly remain the same, as Meyer and Wilson have similar philosophies.

"It's spread, but it's a spread that includes a physical running attack and a physical style and a soundness, and it's well coached," Wilson told in 2012, per Landis. Indiana has given Ohio State fits the past couple of seasons. Indiana had the No. 14 offense in the country in 2015, which took a national championship favored Ohio State team to the brink. Now, Wilson and Meyer will combine to hopefully take a crop of young players, and create another national championship winning team.

“It was about two months after Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech in 2014 that Tyler Murphy realized exactly how much Ryan Day was helping him grow as a quarterback.”

- Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Tyler Murphy was a quarterback at Boston College, and was able to put up 33 points on Virginia Tech, who held Ohio State to 21 points in that same 2014 season. His quarterbacks coach was none other than Ryan Day, and the help that Day gave him helped him improve immensely. "A team like Virginia Tech, defensively they're gonna give you so many looks," Murphy told Landis. "He did a great job of preparing me for all of the looks. I felt comfortable that he felt comfortable, doing what he felt was best to attack Virginia Tech and we went on to beat them."

Murphy also noted that the style was similar. "We pretty much ran the same system," Murphy said. "He's walking into a system (at Ohio State) where things might be a little different but he'll be able to pick it up quickly because the two offenses come from the root of the same system." This should be encouraging to hear from a former player of Day’s considering what he’s going to be tasked with doing, which is helping fix an Ohio State offense that has largely held them back the past two seasons.

“Over the course of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State, problem solving has been refined into an art.”

- Ryan Ginn, Land of 10

New Year’s Eve wasn’t really fun for anybody involved with Ohio State football, whether you were a player, fan, coach, you name it. But one thing that has been great about the Urban Meyer era in Columbus, is that things are never bad for long. After winning the national title, the Buckeyes had sky-high expectations, and while they came up short against Michigan State, halting their playoff hopes, it was still a dang good year. With a slower season expected in 2016, the Buckeyes made the playoff with a ridiculously young team. Ohio State is losing players to the draft yet again, but the youth movement is going to provide a smoother transition into 2017.

“Ohio State is not used to this,” Meyer said, via Ginn. “I’m not used to this, and we will not get used to this. That’s not going to happen again. So we’ll get things worked out.” The changes have already started happening. Tim Beck left for Texas, and now Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day are tasked with helping fix the offense. J.T. Barrett announced today that he would be coming back for his senior season. Mike Weber had a phenomenal freshman season, one of the best in Ohio State history, and if the Buckeyes are able to get right at wide receiver, there’s no telling how good they could be next season. One thing is for sure, and it’s that the Buckeyes won’t be reeling for long.