Will Versatility Over Speed Work For OSU?

How will Ohio State's offense be constituted this fall? That is a question we figure to ponder all summer. Here's an early guess at how the staff might cope with having a variety of good pieces if not quite the type of pieces it would prefer.

The No. 1 conclusion drawn from Ohio State's spring practices: there are lots of good pieces available on offense, but they may not be distributed in the most natural way for them to be used.

Head coach Urban Meyer's system is based on combining the space created by spread (i.e., three receivers or more) formations with the power of good ol' fashioned Midwest football. Essentially he wants to run Woody Hayes' plays without facing as many defenders in the box as the Hall of Fame coach did. Why try to win with eight blockers on nine when you can make force the defense to play seven on eight?

Trouble is, Meyer does not have enough of the No. 1 thing he wants to do that with.

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