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What exactly will Ohio State’s offense be like this season?

Will a Big 12 style offense be what the Buckeyes show this season? If it is, that brings another question: what exactly is a Big 12 offense?

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“In fact, the past few seasons have seen some of the most innovative spread offenses contracting — finding more ways to run the ball against defenses that adjusted to the pass-happy attacks by getting faster and more athletic but smaller.”

-Marcus Hartman, Dayton Daily News

When Ryan Day hired Mike Yurcich from Oklahoma State to join his staff as the passing game coordinator and the QB coach, many Ohio State fans were excited to see a new face. Yurcich had been with the Cowboys from 2013-18 as their offensive coordinator and QB coach.

The air raid offense is a fun and enjoyable way to watch football and many Buckeye fans will be excited to see how Yurcich and Day can adapt it to fit newcomer Justin Fields. The offense was created by Mike Leach and Hal Mumme and then after working for both of them, Dana Holgorsen brought it to Oklahoma State where Mike Gundy and later Mike Yurcich both adapted it.

It is a much more complex system now and in the three years Ryan Day has been at Ohio State, he has been the driving force behind the adaption of the Ohio State passing attack. Many people feel that Mike Yurcich will bring the high-flying Big 12 offense to Ohio State, but Yurcich has made it a point to say that every offense is different and also that a Big 12 offense is not as easy to define as many think. He says that a lot of it comes down to spreading the field and throwing the ball vertically to create space for the offense. It will be interesting to see what part of the Oklahoma State and Big 12 offense that Yurcich brings to Columbus.

“Last weekend, Miller went to Los Angeles and competed against some of the West Coast’s best quarterbacks in an attempt to win a spot in the Elite 11 Finals. And he wound up punching a ticket.”

-Jeremy Birmingham, Lettermen Row

Jack Miller is one of the best recruits in the 2020 class, but that has not come without overcoming some obstacles. Miller attends Scottsdale Chaparral High School in Arizona and has quickly shot up the recruiting rankings. Unfortunately, Miller tore his MCL in Mid-October halfway through his junior season and has spent hours each day trying to rehab it and get it back to 100 percent. He has just finally gotten back to full speed and he just was recently named the MVP of the Los Angeles regional of the Elite 11 and will move onto the finals that will take place this summer.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback is currently ranked fourth among pro style quarterbacks in the 2020 recruiting class and is a four-star recruit. He committed to Ohio State back in late July and even though he did take a visit to LSU in December, and the recent transfer of former five-star Georgia recruit Justin Fields had many speculating, Miller has stayed committed to the Buckeyes. He is the type of quarterback that has a mountain of potential and can flourish in the Ohio State and Ryan Day system.

For him to come into the Elite 11 regional coming off of an injury and still be named MVP shows just how talented and resilient the young quarterback is. He still has another year of high school and barring a setback, he will have many opportunities to improve and fine tune his game before he gets to Columbus. He will also likely sit his first year and learn the offense and the team before he becomes the main shot caller for Ohio State. Tune into the Elite 11 finals this summer to see exactly where Miller stacks up against the country’s best high school quarterbacks.

“Ohio State fans watching likely were thinking, “That’s what happens when you play freshmen!” And future Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson was watching and thinking to himself, “I can do that.”

-Ari Wasserman, The Athletic

Freshman (and underclassmen) that can play have done well in recent years on the big stage.

Justyn Ross totaled 12 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns in the College Football Playoff with the Clemson Tigers; Tee Higgins added two big touchdown catches, too. Ross was especially important after he made a couple acrobatic catches against Alabama that helped the Tigers seal the deal and hoist the college football playoff trophy. So with one of the highest ranked receiver recruits Ohio State has had in recent years coming to Columbus, many Buckeye fans were left wondering if they will see their young freshman have a similar impact in the big moments.

Wilson looks to make an immediate impact on the Buckeyes offense and with the losses of Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon, head coach Ryan Day will surely look to get Wilson some serious reps in game situations. The five-star recruit has said that he feels like he will get some minutes this year because he is a “confident kid” who will “answer a question like that with a yes every time”.

Wilson has had many opportunities on the national stage recently to show of his hands and has not disappointed. He is not the tallest as he is only listed at 6-foot-1, but with his incredible length and athleticism, he has made a name for himself by pulling off some spectacular and athletic catches. He will look to do the same this coming season for Ryan Day and Brian Hartline.

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