After a bit of a hiatus from blogging for Scarlet and Game, my anticipation for the 2012 season is officially to the point where I’ve got to throw a few things down on paper (and by “paper” I mean the “world wide web”). One topic that has popped up more a few times (i.e. here, here, here, here, etc.) since Urban Meyer took the reins of the program is the debate over who would become the “Percy Harvin Hybrid” player at OSU.
Many names were thrown out (Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, Philly Brown, Bradley Roby etc.) with the most obvious being Jordan Hall. It was all but a done deal for Hall, who was praised by Meyer this offseason, until he managed to slice through a tendon by stepping on a piece of glass. From there, the options opened up again, and while the names mentioned above seem to still top the list, there could be a true freshman stepping up to join the competition as well.
This came as a surprise to many people who took the obvious, Tressel-like route of looking at guys that we already know. Instead, if you examine the entire roster, including players that are just joining the team, then Murray certainly fits the bill for this position.
Coming out of high school, Harvin was 5’11” (*cough, no freakin’ way he’s 5’11”, *cough) and 178 pounds, and Najee Murray, similarly, is listed at 5’9” and 178 pounds on the OSU roster. Now, if being roughly 5’10” (yep, I averaged them #mathlete) and weighing 178 pounds is all that Urban Meyer needed to fill this role, then my dad would currently be a prime prospect.
However, Meyer loves to see exemplary speed, combined with a frame that can take (and deliver) some hits, and Murray can do just that, as his high school highlights show.
It’s fairly safe to assume that not many people outside of Murray’s hometown of Steubenville saw this development coming from the 3* Ohio high school recruit, except maybe for
me someone who wrote the following on December 17th, 2011 in my his blog:
“One other thing to note, and sure, it may be a stretch, but watch Murray on offense catching screens, avoiding tackles with ridiculous cuts, and getting downfield fast, and tell me that he doesn’t remind you a bit of another undersized weapon that Meyer once coached in Percy Harvin. As I said, Murray has endless potential, and I can’t wait to see where he ends up on the field for the Buckeyes.”
Blanket, vague predictions aside, this is just another example of the excitement and unpredictability going into this offseason after a decade of being able to recite the upcoming depth chart based on seniority alone. Regardless of who eventually earns the starting job in this often discussed position, Jordan Hall will likely grab a large portion of the catches and carries once he returns from his injury. But until that time, here’s to hoping that Murray, Smith, Brown, or anyone else, for that matter, can step up and provide some excitement to our offense.