When Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, it didn’t take him very long to identify a huge issue with the team he inherited.
It took him even less time to voice his concerns to Sports Illustrated.
“The question I have is, do we have that dynamic player on offense? Where’s the Ted Ginns of the world? Were they hiding [last] year? I hope we have those guys. That’s a big concern of mine right now.”
Five games into the 2012 season, Meyer knows that the guy he was looking for was right under his nose.
The guy he was looking for was Devin Smith.
The sophomore wide receiver from Massillon, Ohio has stepped up in a big way for Ohio State this season. Smith leads the team in both receiving yards (351) and touchdowns (four). Through five weeks, only 10 players in college football with a minimum of 18 receptions average more yards per catch than Smith (18.5).
More importantly for the Buckeyes, Smith has a knack for making big plays in even bigger moments.
It started last year during Smith’s freshman season. The rangy, long-jumping athlete used his athleticism to earn a spot in Ohio State’s receiver rotation, and after just two games, the first-year player was leading the team with 119 receiving yards.
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