COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeyes hit the practice field once again on Saturday and one of the positions that people want to talk about is that of the wide receivers. The pass/catch game took a major step forward in 2012 from where it was in 2011 but it still was not where one might expect for a Urban Meyer-led team (101st nationally, 182 ypg.).
The development of quarterback Braxton Miller will go a long way as someone has to deliver the ball but players like Corey Brown, Devin Smith, Evan Spencer and Michael Thomas all stepped into their roles and helped turn the Buckeyes from a one-dimensional team into a more complete offense. But the goal is to get the passing game further along and take some of the pressure off of Miller as a runner.
Enter players like Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and James Clark to name a just a few new weapons in the wide receiver room. Wilson already has captured the imagination of Buckeye fans as well as opposing defensive coordinators with the early returns from how he is taking to the offense. But it won't only be on a true freshman to help lead the Buckeyes' receiving game. It will take a complete effort and with several seniors and returning starters looking to elevate their game, the hopes are high that the pass game can take it to the next level.
On Saturday we caught up with wide receivers coach Zach Smith to get an idea of how things are going in practice and what expectations are going to be moving forward.