COLUMBUS, Ohio — The face of the program has spent more time in sweats than pads on game days.
Last year’s top rusher and automatic touchdown machine in the red zone has played in only one game, and even then he was barely used.
An offensive line that needed to manage a couple of injuries coming out of training camp has been called on really only once for a full shift as a complete first-team unit.
And yet, as Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman glanced down at a box score to make sure his numbers were right after a wildly prolific performance he was comparing to a similar outing the week before, a smile started creeping across his face.
How much better can the No. 4 Buckeyes get on offense? Until they actually get everybody on the field, they might be only scratching the surface.
“Our offense has been rolling,” Heuerman said on the heels of routing Florida A&M 76-0. “We had 603 yards [last week], I think we had 608 [against California], so these last two weeks, our offense has really been clicking.
“But seeing Carlos [Hyde] back out there was good, that’s definitely a player who carries a big load with us. And I think getting Braxton [Miller] back this week will spark some things up.”
The fire already has been burning pretty steadily for the Buckeyes early in the season, and Urban Meyer’s spread attack has been ruthless and close to unstoppable while racking up more than 52 points per game outside of Big Ten play. And while the competition hasn’t been all that stiff, Ohio State also has been working without two of its most critical contributors essentially throughout the first four weeks and has barely missed a beat.
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