The talent in Ohio State’s wide receiver room is unquestioned. It may be the most talented position group in the country; that’s at least a discussion.
Wideouts are a result of this talent who You might be able to start at Day 1 At other programs, they will need to wait until their turn with Buckeyes. Emeka Egbuka This is an excellent example.
Egbuka, despite being the top-ranked 2021 recruit class receiver, was mostly a freshman backup. He played 115 snaps on offense last year, which included five games he didn’t step on the field as a receiver. Egbuka caught nine passes for 191 yards.
As a sophomore and with less competition due to the departures Chris Olave And Garrett WilsonEgbuka should expect to be more involved in offense in 2022. Maybe even joining junior. Jaxon Smith-Njigba Classmate Marvin Harrison Jr. While it’s likely, Egbuka still has to contend with plenty of talent around him, as wide receivers coach Brian Hartline He said that he has six men who are available to play in fall camp as it ends and the start of the new season.
Kick returns are where Egbuka can help Scarlett and Gray.
“I think that’s something we’re going into Week 1 with and just gonna be focusing on making sure we secure the kick and hopefully spring something big,” Egbuka spoke Wednesday.
While Ohio State has had players that fit the profile of elite returners in the past, it’s been a while since the Buckeyes got elite production. The Scarlet and Gray played against Michigan in 2010. Photo courtesy of Jalin MarshLast time a kickoff was returned for a touchdown.
Egbuka proved more than promise last season with his special teams work, as he took over as kick returner for the running back TreVeyon Henderson After the first week of the season. The average freshman was 29 yards per kick return, 12th Best in the country Each of these 11 All of the players in front found the endzone at minimum once.
Egbuka is positive he will achieve that goal this year.
(*7*) Egbuka said. “We had great blocks last year, and I am very confident in us having great blocks again.”
While Egbuka takes pride in Ohio State’s return game and would like to end the special teams touchdown drought, he also continues to develop as a receiver. He is clearly a football player. who isn’t afraid of competition, Egbuka understands that this was a big offseason for his future.
Egbuka was often the second outside receiver in Buckeye practices that were open to media during fall camp. Smith-Njigba remained in the slot. Fans could see Egbuka rotating at this position with Fleming during games.
This is not unusual how Egbuka was used in Rose Bowl to conclude last season’s Olave. and Wilson opted out. In that game, Egbuka played the most snaps of his freshman season in a contest that wasn’t a blowout and recorded three catches for 46 yards.
Egbuka is ready to play an offensive role in 2022 with his years of experience and full offseason.
“Probably more acclimated to the college football experience,” Egbuka expressed satisfaction with his progress in his second season. “It’s way different than high school. Football is still football, but the pace of play is much faster. This year, I feel like I have more confidence. And I’m eager to see what season has in store.
Egbuka has been able to benefit from being more involved with the first-team receivers during the Rose Bowl and recent practices. This has allowed Egbuka to work with more receivers. C.J. Stroud Start to build a relationship with his quarterback.
(*7*) Egbuka said. (*2*)
While he hasn’t had as much time as he might have at a different program to play as a receiver yet, Egbuka’s development has continued. Hartline sees a link between Egbuka’s play as a receiver and his return play. how that’s helped Egbuka as a wideout in terms of continuing to develop.
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(*11*) Hartline said of Egbuka. (*1*)
Egbuka joined Ohio State, just like his teammates to grow as a player and be part of something bigger. Egbuka wants to be on the football field and will. However, he also wants to see the receiver group improve and be a better player.
“Just to be the best room in America,” He spoke of his mentality going into the season. (*2*)