Here’s something to consider as Ohio State navigates its open week in the schedule.
Has Urban Meyer put together the prototypical lineup for his spread offense?
Although it’s only been three games, this seems distinctly possible with the way the Buckeyes sliced and dice Oklahoma.
A quarterback (J.T. Barrett) who can make quick decisions, deliver accurate passes and beat teams with his legs? Yep.
Strong, quick inside runner who can break arm tackles and make people miss? Mike Weber fits that bill.
Cass Tech RB Mike Weber ran wild on Oklahoma last night. Over 100 rush yards. pic.twitter.com/MbaFRNYPam— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) September 19, 2016
Athletic slot guys who can stretch the field or run between the tackles? There are at least two in Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson.
Big outside receivers who can beat man to man coverage and block on the perimeter? Still early, but that seems to the be the case with Noah Brown coming off a record-tying game and a handful of players still fighting for snaps opposite him.
A tight end who can block on the edge or outrun defenders down the middle? That would be Marcus Baugh.
The offensive line has not been perfect early, but at least from a body type standpoint, they seem to be about right, too, with athletic tackles and powerful interior players.
That’s not to say this is Meyer’s best Ohio State offense or the Buckeyes are all set to run the table, but it’s interesting to consider.
That’s because Meyer and his assistants talked frequently about scheming around players’ strengths and weaknesses throughout his first four years in Columbus, from the Braxton Miller show in 2012 to an attack built around power runners Carlos Hyde and then Ezekiel Elliott.
There have been many standouts already in Meyer’s time, but this could be the most balanced attack.
Again, not that he lacked talent — certainly not — but in terms of ideal personnel for each position.
In other words, the precise “X”s Meyer envisioned when he first scribbled his version of the spread offense on a whiteboard.