The Ohio State Buckeyes’ 2021 season was very interesting considering the team lost early on to Oregon and then Michigan to wrap up the regular season. Given the motivation to return to the Big Ten title game and the college football playoffs, Ryan Day’s crew could prove to be the best team in the country by the end of next season. That’s what college football analyst Joel Klatt has on his mind. In fact, the Buckeyes’ offense might be the best in the country.
“I have to say this, I’ve never been to Ohio State when they’re as motivated as they are this offseason.” Klatt continued The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “That loss (to Michigan) did something to them… That offense is going to be amazing and they have that advantage back that they might have missed last year… You wait and see that offense. I think Ohio State will have the most dynamic and strongest offense in the country, led by what I think right now, the best offense coach in America right now. ryan day … Look at all the receivers Ohio State has fielded, they’re going to have a quarterback in the NFL.
CJ Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are back on the offensive, just to name a few stars.
All three could very well be in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy as quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.
“It depends on how well he plays,” Day said of Stroud’s Heisman chances. “He hadn’t thrown a college pass this time last year. And then he played really, really good football. Just because he did it last year doesn’t mean it will happen this year. If anything else, he’s got a bull’s eye on his chest. He’ll have to bring it straight off the jump. There’s a lot involved with that. A lot of it has to do with leadership and the guys around him. We need to be able to establish the run and lead the football to have balance, especially to win big games. For him, there’s so much on social media and the media these days, just all the things that come on these guys. He has to make sure – which he does great by the way – that he keeps an eye on what’s important and focuses on the little things, (on) staying disciplined. And knowing that he is has to prove himself every week.”
Stroud finished last season with 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 71.9% completion rate. At this rate, he could have even more absurd numbers in 2022.
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Henderson finished his freshman college football season with 183 carries, 1,248 yards, 15 touchdowns, 6.8 yards per carry, 27 catches, 312 yards and four touchdowns. Smith-Njigba had 95 catches, 1,606 yards, nine touchdowns and 16.9 yards per catch.