In keeping with tradition at Scarlet and Game, today is Friday and time to preview another member of the Buckeyes’ 2011 roster. Tradition is huge at Ohio State; this we know, and it typically says that OSU will roll out a big, blocking tight end to open holes for our tailbacks. However, some of the best tight ends in Buckeye history have been the guys that can get downfield, catch the ball, and make plays (i.e. John Frank and Rickey Dudley). It is in this mold that Jake Stoneburner hopes to make his a household name in Buckeye Nation for years to come.
- Height – 6’5″
- Weight – 245 lbs
- Hometown/HS – Dublin, OH/Dublin Coffman
- 21 rec., 222 yards, 2 TDs as a sophomore
- 4.4 seconds – 40 yard dash time
- Entering his junior season at OSU
First off, Stoneburner is #11. If that doesn’t get you pumped up about a tight end, then I don’t know what will. The fact that he didn’t follow the typical tight end jersey number is a ridiculous thing to be excited about, I realize that, but it tells me that he’s a playmaker and somebody that wants to be remembered.
Stoneburner was a wide receiver at Dublin Coffman High School (check out his HS Highlight Video), where he totaled 168 receptions, 2751 yards, and 28 TDs, and was also a star track and basketball letterman. His unique blend of size and speed is something that OSU has not had for many years at the tight end position.
Ohio State will still run the ball, and will still count on Stoneburner to do his fair share of blocking, but look for him to make a big splash this year by splitting out like a receiver and creating some interesting matchup problems. Very few linebackers in the country have the speed to stay even with Stoneburner beyond 5-10 yard patterns, so he could supply some big plays for the Bucks.
My prediction for 2011: 32 rec., 350 yards, 4 receiving TDs
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