The best part of the Ohio State football team’s offense in 2022 will clearly be their passing game. We saw what kind of damage this passing game can do after a record-setting performance in the Rosee Bowl. That performance does elicit an interesting question for next season though.
Will we see more four wide receiver sets next season? With Jeremy Ruckert now gone, the Buckeyes don’t really have a tight end with any experience playing. Cade Stover has now moved to linebacker permanently. That leaves Gee Scott as the only one who’s seen any time on the field.
Adding an extra receiver on the field instead could prove to be the solution. The wide receivers are clearly part of the deepest room that Ohio State has on their roster. Adding another receiver to the fold could help the offense be more explosive by getting their best players out there.
Having more 10-personnel sets would also alleviate some issues when it comes to playing time for some of the Buckeyes’ best receivers. It would allow Jaxson Smith-Njigba, Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, and Julian Fleming to all be on the field at once.
We know that Ryan Day isn’t afraid to spread out the defense. He also wants to get the best players on the field. I don’t think that four wideouts will be the base set on offense, but I do think we could see more of them early in the year to see if it’s something that works.
Having four receivers on the field also leaves more space up the middle for TreVeyon Henderson to do some work. As long as the offensive line can block better in the running game than they did last season, this could create more opportunities for chunk runs for Henderson.
We’ll see what Day decides to do once the season starts. I think this would really be a great way for the Ohio State football team to have more big plays down the field.