That's what we think, so with that in mind, we're asking 20 Questions when it comes to the Ohio State football team. Every day from now until the opening game week, we'll have our BSB writers answer one question about the Ohio State football team. Some will be serious, some will be funny, and none will be "Animal, vegetable or mineral?" But all should help you think about the upcoming season, hopefully in a different way than before.
Ryan Ginn: I was tempted to write off Dontre "One Step Away" Wilson from the outset because his disappointment has expanded from on the field to off the field, but if he returns kicks this season that makes him a contender for top honors among this trio. I have similar thoughts about Curtis Samuel, who will have to fight a boatload of people for the ball on offense but shared kick return duties with Wilson last fall.
While kick return duties certainly pad the all-purpose yard counts, I'm going to go with the best overall player to finish atop this group, and that's Braxton Miller. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year will force the Ohio State coaching staff to get him the ball. Whether that's just in the traditional offense or also on special teams, Miller is my pick to have the most productive season of these three players.
Blake Williams: For me this question really comes down to Miller or Samuel. Wilson – who was second on the team in all-purpose yards a year ago – is a nice player and certainly has blazing speed, but he always seems to be one step away from breaking the big play. At a place with immense talent like Ohio State that is the type of thing that gets you passed on the depth chart both at the H and in the return game.
Speaking of the return game, Miller has been working on punt returns so far in practice and I imagine he will be pretty dangerous there if he can wrestle any touches from Jalin Marshall. Samuel began to get more work on kick returns down the stretch last season and while he didn’t return a punt a year ago, I think he is a threat to get on the field in that capacity this season. It’s essentially a flip of the coin for me as I think both Samuel and Miller will be two of the five most productive players in all-purpose yards, but I’ll go with Samuel as I think he takes the kick return duties over from Wilson and gets some mop-up carries behind Ezekiel Elliott.
Jeff Svoboda: This is one of those questions where you almost want to just say that all of them are good choices, but I'm gonna go with Miller. Maybe it's because I like shiny new toys, but the Buckeyes seem legitimately excited about his new role as a wide receiver, and you know Urban Meyer wants him to go out on a high note after the way the past year has gone for him. The "H" spot in Ohio State's offense is so much about getting the ball with momentum in space (think the "pop" pass that Jalin Marshall ran so well a season ago) and I think that is perfectly suited to resulting in big plays for Miller.
Wilson might be the smart pick because he might return kicks and punts, and I think the Buckeyes are going to try to find ways to get the ball into Samuel's hands this year. But I feel like Miller is just going to be a significant part of the offense and in special teams this year, so I'm going with Braxton.
Question 1: Who Will Start At Quarterback For Ohio State?
Question 2: If Ohio State swapped coaches with the other team for every game, what would its regular season record be?
Question 3: How noticeable will the loss of Tom Herman be?
Question 4: If Ohio State could bring back one player from 2014 for this season, who would it be?