The Ohio State football team always seems to have great running backs on the roster. That was certainly the case in 2021. Both Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson got significant carries and helped the Buckeyes have a truly dynamic offense at times.
The problem was that the running game stalled out too many times in important moments. Henderson ended up being the lead back, as he should be. He struggled at times to run the ball against some of the better teams, including Oregon, Penn State, and TTUN.
If Ohio State really wants to be a national title contender in 2022, they have to fully unlock him. He has the potential to truly be something special. The hope is that changing offensive line coaches will help with that, as they now have added Justin Frye to the staff.
Frye needs to make sure that there is sufficient push up front. Henderson showed the ability to have breakaway speed. He doesn’t need much to break off a huge run. But it’s hard for any back, no matter how talented, to have good runs when there is zero push on the offensive line.
The Buckeyes certainly have the talent on the line to be better in this area. A little more creative playcalling from Ryan Day would certainly help too. Having a better run game will fully unlock the potential of this offense and not allow them to get shut down.
Henderson should only get better next year as a sophomore. He was phenomenal as a freshman and will only be bigger and stronger in year two. His vision should be improved too. In general, he should have a stronger statistical season in 2022 than he did in 2021.
Having Henderson at his best makes this Ohio State football team almost impossible to stop on offense. I’m very interested to see how they make him great.