COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was Ohio State media day Sunday, and star quarterback Braxton Miller was low-talking his way through every answer in an understated voice.
Until someone asked him whether he was anxious to get the ball to freshman running back/receiver Dontre Wilson.
“Ab-so-lute-ly!” Miller enthused. “He’s a special kid.”
The Heisman Trophy candidate then called Wilson “a bolt of lightning,” adding to the August buzz building around the player Urban Meyer hopes is Percy Harvin 2.0.
“He’s running by a lot of dudes,” senior running back Jordan Hall said with a laugh. “I want you all to see it.”
The wait to see it won’t last long, if it’s up to Wilson. Asked when he hoped to make his first impact, he said, “Hopefully the first kickoff return of the season.”
If Wilson is that good, it will be one more reason why the rest of the Big Ten should be very afraid of what Meyer seems poised to do for the foreseeable future. Namely, to do unto this league what Nick Saban is doing to the Southeastern Conference.
Meyer went undefeated on his first trip through the Big Ten, and that was with an offense the coach conceded couldn’t run much of his spread-option playbook and lacked big-play ability. After adding a few pieces like Wilson, the explosiveness of the offense should be upgraded in 2013.
“We’re a faster team,” Meyer said. “The spread offense … you force the defense to defend 53 1/3 yards [the width of the field]. The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t do that a year ago.
“The ’06 [freshman class] did that at Florida, injected a bunch of speed and playmakers [on a team that won the national title]. I see very similar qualities.”
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