Percy Harvin. Chris Rainey. Jeff Demps. Urban Meyer-led teams have never lacked speed. Utilizing the potent spread offense, Meyer’s offenses have integrated speedsters to max effect. But would that SEC offense work in “Slo-hio”? Add Dontre Wilson into any lineup and you will never hear the word slow. A freshman from Texas, Wilson is a home run hitter with a 4.33 40 time and school records across the board in track. Originally committed to Oregon, Wilson switched to OSU after Chip Kelly left the Ducks for the NFL. Urban Meyer and his resume of success with versatile speedsters, particularly Harvin, was a major reason for his Buckeye commitment.
I know Percy Harvin is a great player. They used him in various spots on the field, put him out in space, and he always had the ball in his hands to do what he does best. To talk about me having that role, that’s a great thing for me
Wilson amazed fans, players, and coaches alike during spring and summer practices, soon earning the nickname The Lightning Bolt.
In Ohio State’s opening game against Buffalo, Wilson was one of just three freshman to touch the ball on the offensive side. All three were running backs; Wilson, Warren Ball, and Ezekiel Elliott. Wilson certainly made the most of his opportunity, with 29 total yards on just four touches. The most impressive was an 18 yard dash on his lone reception, which was nearly broken for much longer. With the blazing speed and unparalleled athleticism in his arsenal, explosive plays like that should soon be commonplace.
So what does Wilson need to do to keep getting those touches? HOLD ON TO THE BALL. After fumbling his first rushing attempt, Meyer was visibly upset with his star recruit. After the game, Meyer had this to say,
Dontre was good other than putting the ball on the ground. That was terrible and he won’t play that much if it happens again. I did think he showed some of the explosiveness he has
Wilson’s best moment of the game came when he returned a second quarter kick return 51 yards to set up an Ohio State drive that resulted in the touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 30-13. This came after the fumble, so hopefully he recovered some trust from Meyer and the staff.
As long as he’s able to hold on to the ball, Wilson will be seeing much more time on the field. Whether it’s in the return game, in the backfield, or in the passing game, be on the edge of your seat any time Wilson touches the ball, The Lightning Bolt can strike anytime and anywhere.