Talent. That is what Ohio State has, at the very least offensively. The Buckeyes showed a year ago that they are among the best in the country offensively. And most of that talent comes back in 2022.
While there is an expectation that the Scarlet and Gray defense will be better this season, if Ohio State is going to be successful, it will likely be the offense that gets the Buckeyes where they want to be. And based on Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions, the Scarlet and Gray will be very good offensively.
In his annual “Hebrie Awards” which lead into the season, the ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback, awarded three Buckeyes among the best players in the country. Scarlet and Gray quarterback C.J. Stroud was dubbed the (*9*) while Jaxon Smith-Njigba was named his best receiver and TreVeyon Henderson was named his best running back.
Stroud is expected to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country after finishing as a Heisman Trophy finalist a year ago. He completed 71.9 percent of his passes as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
(*4*) Herbstreit said in discussion of Stroudon the Herbie Awards broadcast. “Has a boatload of talent around him to have another great year.
Henderson and Smith-Njigba certainly helped Stroud in his first year as Ohio State’s starting quarterback. Having arguably two of the best playmakers in college football on your side was a big deal and he’s got them back again this year.
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“I think the best running back in the country is TreVeyon Henderson at Ohio State,” Herbstreit said. “Seeing him recently, he’s gotten bigger. He looks even better than he looked a year ago. I think he has a chance to get more involved in the passing game. I think he’s just a complete back. If he’s healthy, with the offense that they have and the production they have around him, he has a chance to have a big year.
“Best receiver I think, again at Ohio State, Jaxon Smith-Njigba. We saw what he could do in the Rose Bowl. They put him in that slot. He’s about 6 feet, almost 200 pounds, a lot thicker than you would expect. Very strong, and just incredibly gifted when it comes to his ball skills. Can’t wait to see what he can do coming off of that Rose Bowl.”