After losing Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller to the NFL, the competition to see the field at wide receiver at Ohio State was tough.
In Ohio State’s first game against Bowling Green, the Buckeyes saw 10 receivers rotate in with the starting offense. That rotation did not include freshman Binjimen Victor, who would factor in with the starters later in the year.
After a stunning performance against Oklahoma, it appeared Noah Brown was on his way to becoming Ohio State’s next great wide receiver. However, the redshirt-sophomore caught only two more touchdown passes after the third game of the season and recorded only eight total receptions in the last five games of the season before shocking most and bolting for the NFL.
At times, it appeared Samuel was Ohio State’s only utilized wide receiver, despite the multiple wide receivers who were rotated in. Samuel led the Buckeyes in receptions with 74 while the rest of the receivers (not including tight ends, running backs or Brown) caught just 94 passes.
The lack of a consistent deep threat for the second straight season appeared to greatly limit the Ohio State offense as the Buckeyes rarely connected on a deep pass that didn’t involve Samuel.
It appears the future is bright at the receiver position for Ohio State as Victor showed glimpses of brilliance late in the season and a stellar recruit in Trevon Grimes is on the way. However, for 2016, the group left those watching with more questions than answers.
BSB Midterm Grade: B-
BSB Second-Half Grade: C
BSB Final Grade: C+
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