While the Buckeyes are upgrading at quarterback, the team and its quarterback should be ready for a big downgrade at tight end. Cade Stover was Ohio State’s second-leading receiver with 41 catches for 576 yards and five touchdowns in 2023, his final season in Columbus, and Howard got comfortable throwing to Ben Sinnott who caught 49 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns at Kansas State.
Now, Ohio State will be deciding between Gee Scott Jr. who played 353 offensive snaps in 2023 but only finished with 10 grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown, and transfer from Ohio Will Kacmarek who finished his season with 243 yards and two scores on 22 catches.
I’d say that the Buckeyes should replace Scott, who will be in his fourth season on Day's roster, with Kacmarek or even rising sophomore Jelani Thurman because Scott has not had much success.
As a pass catcher, Scott finished 12th on the team in yards per route run, only averaging 0.64. He was sure-handed, catching 10 of his 14 targets with just one drop, but there is nothing dynamic about his game.
Scott wasn’t much help as a blocker either, only helping out in pass protection 31 times last season. It’s hard to measure his impact as a run blocker, but Treyveon Henderson did have a lot of success on outside runs this year.
Still, to offset the loss of Harrison and Stover, Ohio State needs a playmaker at the tight end spot and Scott isn’t the answer.