In the wake of Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team are hoping to regroup quickly to gear up for another Big Ten and national title run.
For that to happen, though, a number of Buckeyes must step up to fill the void created by Miller’s absence.
Speaking on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show (h/t/ The Columbus Dispatch), Meyer said that Miller generated 100 yards of offense on his own—production that Ohio State needs from other players.
That will be easier as the Buckeyes reshape their offense. Meyer wants new quarterback J.T. Barrett to be more of a distributor, a la former backup Kenny Guiton, to take advantage of Ohio State’s many offensive weapons.
“I thought Kenny Guiton was one of the best I’ve been around as far as getting the ball out quickly and distributing to playmakers and letting them run with the ball, let them make plays,” Meyer said, according to Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer. “That’s what my initial evaluation of J.T. is, he’s very good at that.”
Who must step up to help J.T. Barrett in Miller’s absence?
Tight end Jeff Heuerman had an impressive 2013 season, registering 26 receptions, 466 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He emerged as an indispensable part of Ohio State’s passing attack down the stretch, piling up 327 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ final six games.
Ohio State needs Heuerman to…