The Ohio State football team should be ready to rock and roll in 2022. Despite losing Garrett Wilson, Master Teague, and Chris Olave, C.J. Stroud and OSU are returning with more than enough play-makers to distribute and move the ball at more than an efficient rate.
The 2021 season was more or less a disappointment (at least for Buckeye standards), but the 2022 Ohio State team should be primed to make a legitimate national championship run. Now spring football hasn’t even begun, but I — like everyone else — like to make bold predictions and wild speculations. The following are five Ohio State players that I expect to make a bigger impact during the 2022 season.
Some of these selections are going to be insanely obvious, but I would be a fool to leave them off. With that said, some of these players may raise an eyebrow, which I welcome.
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (12) returns a kickoff ahead of Utah Utes wide receiver Bryson Reeves (19) during the third quarter of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network
Place this selection under the obvious side, as Emeka Egbuka was the second highest-rated recruit in Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class and also the No. 1 receiver in the class. He already showed flashes of his elite ability last season. To be fully transparent, I expected Egbuka to see the field more than last season and hopefully, you will see why in 2022.
Sat., Jan. 1, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Julian Fleming (4) fights for yards as Utah Utes cornerback Clark Phillips III (8) defends during the fourth quarter of the 108th Rose Bowl Game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes at the Rose Bowl. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
I was expecting Julian Fleming to be in the rotation on a…