Urban’s New Tricks

An offensive genius shifts a star to a new role

by Brandon Rush | @BrandonRush | Brandon@3PSMag.com

The Urban Meyer version of the spread offense has yielded outstanding results for the better part of two decades, with three national championships, a Heisman Trophy winner, and countless players put onto NFL rosters.

But Urban’s latest move may be one of the best he has pulled off so far.

The spread Meyer employs has all of the best elements of his contemporaries Rich Rodriguez (Arizona), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), and Kevin Wilson (Indiana) and the trick play possibilities in this version are endless, but with Braxton Miller now converting from a quarterback to an H-Back position, the Buckeyes now have opposing defensive coordinators losing sleep.

Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Miller would be swapping spots on the field, and my mind immediately thought of the playmaking options at Ohio State’s disposal.

With J.T. Barrett the projected starter at quarterback, pre-season All-American Ezekiel Elliott at running back, current H-Back Jalin Marshall, wide receiver Micheal Thomas, and Braxton Miller all potentially on the field at the same time, play calling for this offense could be childs play. Given the success of Urban’s offenses, the trick play could be a staple in the weekly gameplan.

Imagine with that offensive weaponry Ohio State doing more of this.

Or This.

Let us not forget the Buckeyes have four returning starters on the offensive line.

With outgoing offensive coordinator Tom Herman now running the show at Houston, Ohio State turns the keys over to Ed Warinner who has spent the last three seasons in Columbus under Meyer. Warinner is familiar with the personnel on campus, and given the weapons at their disposal, the Buckeyes can dictate the pace and style of play, and should they choose to get wild, have endless tricks up their sleeves.

With the talent they have, they don’t need trickeration. But if they wanted to, look out.

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