Ohio State Football: Why Dontre Wilson Will Explode in 2014

With the departure of offensive weapons like Carlos Hyde and Philly Brown, the Buckeyes will be clamoring for an offensive supporting cast to accompany Braxton Miller. Both Hyde and Brown were Miller’s most reliable options last season and led the Buckeyes offense to heights never seen before.

The absence of these two key components now begs this question: How will the Buckeyes succeed on offense aside from completely relying on the sometimes-fragile Miller?

The answer will come in the compact, blazing-fast package of Dontre Wilson.

The true sophomore out of Texas has attained high expectations from Buckeye Nation since he came to Columbus a year ago. Stocked with a deadly combination of straight-ahead speed, quickness, and acceleration, Wilson is the prototypical specimen for the H-back position in Meyer’s offense.

Often referred to as the “Percy Harvin role,” the position’s purpose is to place a versatile and talented runner in open space as often as possible. The position is vital to the diversity of Meyer’s offense and to ensure that the scheme reaches its full potential.

Many fans and analysts were disappointed with Wilson’s production in his first season, but this criticism is unfairly harsh for two reasons.

For one, the majority of Wilson’s high school career was played from the running back position. Although the blue-chip recruit possessed versatile skills, it was foolish to expect Wilson to immediately…

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