Ohio State Football: Freshmen Will Define Urban Meyer’s 2014 Season

Taking the podium for the first time following the start of Ohio State’s fall camp session for the 2014 season, Urban Meyer could have addressed anything. Braxton Miller’s health, the implementation of Chris Ash’s new defensive scheme, how the Buckeyes plan on replacing Carlos Hyde.

The Ohio State head coach chose to talk about his freshmen.

“Just the body types of Dante Booker, Kyle Berger, Sam Hubbard, all the way to the long receivers like Noah Brown and Parris Campbell. Just long athletes. Then you’ve got Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith,” Meyer said unsolicited. “We’re going to try to get those guys ready to play. It was a really good first day with the young guys.”

Words like that are enough to excite any Buckeyes fan, especially the ones who already had their eyes on what was 247Sports’ third-ranked recruiting class for the 2014 cycle. But the Ohio State faithful also has reason to question the sincerity of Meyer’s claims, as it was just a year ago that he was making similar proclamations about the Buckeyes’ 2013 crop of freshmen.

“That ’06 class, they injected a bunch of speed and playmakers into that 2006 team,” Meyer said of his first national championship squad’s freshmen, which included stars Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin. “I see very similar qualities in the 2013 class.”

Only Meyer’s prophecy never came to fruition, with few freshmen outside of defensive end Joey Bosa and punter Cameron Johnston making immediate impacts at Ohio State in 2013. Running back…

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