Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye backs and receivers

Aug 24, 2018

With preseason camp complete, Ohio State football’s first game of the season is right around the corner. 

Before the Buckeyes take on Oregon State on Sept. 1, we are previewing every position group. 

We started with the quarterbacks

Here is a look at the players they’ll be trying to get the ball to most often: 

Running backs 

Returning starters: J.K. Dobbins, Mike Weber 

Rising: None

H-backs: Jaelen Gill, Demario McCall

Others: Master Teague, Brian Snead, Amari McMahon, Mitch Rossi, Madu Enoli 

Weber was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2016, but a hamstring injury slowed him at the start of last year. Dobbins replaced him and ran for an OSU freshman record 1,403 yards. 

Weber still managed 626 yards and averaged 6.2 per carry in 2018. 

Teague and Snead are a pair of four-star freshmen who will compete to be the No. 3 back after Antonio Williams transferred to North Carolina. 

Gill and McCall are hybrid players who can play running back or receiver.

McCall flashed some exciting skills in ’16, but a leg injury limited him to four games in 2017. He is dangerous in the open field and could contribute in the return game. 

Gill is a highly regarded freshman from Westerville. 

McMahon, Rossi and Enoli are walk-ons. 

Receivers 

Returning starters: Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack

Also regulars: Johnnie Dixon, K.J. Hill

Others: Binjimen Victor, Jaylen Harris, C.J. Saunders, Cameron Brown, Kamrynn Babb, De’Shawn White, C.J. Saunders, Garyn Prater, L’Christian “Blue” Smith, Chris Olave, Ellijah Gardiner

A fifth-year senior from Akron, Campbell is one of the team’s best all-around players and spokesmen.  

The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder  topped the team in receiving yards (584) last season and was Ohio State’s most-reliable big-play threat, logging 18 plays of 20 yards or more. 

Hill led the team in receptions last season (56) despite starting only four games while Dixon was the top touchdown maker (eight). 

The 6-foot-4 Victor has already proven to be a red zone weapon with his size and length, but he will look to become a more reliable option all over the field this season.  

Saunders is a walk-on who flashed a few times last season and was identified as having a strong camp along with Mack. 

Olave is a four-star freshman from California who also got a shoutout from interim coach Ryan Day in the only information published by the school during training camp. 

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