Urban Meyer has secured three consecutive top-five recruiting classes, giving the Ohio State football team one of the most loaded rosters in all of college football.
With the Buckeyes replacing 10 starters from last year’s 12-2 squad, there are bound to be a few breakout stars.
Last year, defensive end Joey Bosa and right tackle Taylor Decker emerged as pleasant surprises for Meyer and Ohio State. Bosa earned a starting spot midway through the year and earned first-team freshman All-American honors, while Decker surged down the stretch of the season.
Who will be the breakout stars for Ohio State in 2014?
Ohio State is replacing its leading passer (Braxton Miller), rusher (Carlos Hyde) and receiver (Corey Brown) in 2014, so there’s a big need for playmakers on offense.
Dontre Wilson is primed to fill that role.
Speed has never been an issue for Wilson, who enrolled at Ohio State last fall and instantly became one of the fastest players on the team. As a dangerous all-purpose back coming out of high school, Buckeyes fans envisioned Wilson making a Percy Harvin-like impact in 2013.
That never materialized.
With Hyde and Miller forming one of the most devastating and effective one-two punches in college football, Wilson was used primarily as a decoy in Ohio State’s offense. He still managed to pile up 460 total yards and three touchdowns, but those results fell short of his preseason expectations.
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