Making an impact as a true freshman on a national-title-contending team is no easy task, but there are a number of first-year players at Ohio State who are shining early.
Dontre Wilson, the 4-star all-purpose back out of DeSoto, Texas, has made a big impression in a limited role for the Buckeyes offense.
Wilson is being utilized in Ohio State’s H-back spot (the Percy Harvin position), and through two games, he has 86 yards on just 12 touches. The coaching staff is clearly making an effort to get him the ball, and Wilson has responded by showing flashes of his big-play ability.
In the opener against Buffalo, Wilson’s first touch came on a quick swing pass from Braxton Miller. He was one shoestring tackle away from taking it 61 yards to the house.
Wilson later fumbled, effectively ending his day against Buffalo, but he bounced back against San Diego State, running for 51 yards on five carries to complement three short receptions. He started off fast against the Aztecs, taking an option pitch seven yards on the first drive of the game for his first career touchdown.
Wilson told Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer what he was thinking on his way to the end zone.
“I was just thinking no ankle tackles, no shoestrings. I’ve got to score. I’m way faster than a lot of people and I’ve got to prove that,” Wilson said.
Wilson isn’t the only freshman playing like he has something to prove.
Defensive lineman Joey Bosa, a 4-star prospect from Fort Lauderdale,…
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