Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer has promised a different type of offense this season with the return of rusher Jordan Hall and entry of multi-purpose freshman Dontre Wilson.
Hall and Wilson will showcase the return of Meyer’s H-back position, which was almost non-existent last season as the Buckeyes relied mainly on the passing skills of quarterback Braxton Miller en route to a 12-0 record.
“You’ll see a different style of offense this year,” Meyer said. “If you evaluate last year’s offense, we were a pro offense. There were not a lot of read components.”
“The whole equation where there’s one extra guy in the box, read one — whether it’s second level, first level, which is kind of the essence of what spread football is — really didn’t exist for us,” he added.
Hall was expected to fill the H-back position last season with his speed but a series of injuries forced the Buckeyes to redshirt him.
With his return and the entry of Wilson, Meyer and his offensive staff a chance to put a few more chapters back in the playbook for the H-back.
“H is more of that hybrid guy that can do some things, and Jordan Hall is our best candidate to do that right now,” Meyer said. “Jordan Hall is a smart player, so he gives us that spot.”
A floating offensive weapon who can line up in the slot or the backfield, the H-back can facilitate such plays as handoffs, reverses, options from an array of formations while using the same personnel group.
“It’s just playmaker ability [at H-back],” running backs coach Stan Drayton said. “You have to be able to play in space, you have to be able to catch the ball, you have to be able to run the ball.
“It’s a unique skill set that is required at that position, and we feel like we’ve got three or four guys right now that provide that mindset and skill set we’re looking for.”
Meyer’s H-back play will be showcased when the Buckeyes take on Buffalo in their season opener Saturday.