2014 Preseason Program 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes pre season preview. The 4 time defending Big 10 Champs come into this season with alot of turnover and alot of un answered questions. We had 25 seniors graduate and most of them were starters. Offense: The more things change, the more things stay the same in Columbus. QB Leonard Jackson is back from a season ending injury suffered early last season and will be leaned on heavily to make the Buckeye passing game go. Because.... The WR's are a lil green...to say the least. Our top 3 receivers graduated and the top returning receiver Michael Bennett had 13 receptions last year. Our top 4 receivers were not highly touted recruits (I believe one was a 4 star, the rest were three...thanks for nothing Perry.) and lack ideal speed but have good catch ratings, and run very good routes. Which might not matter because..... The running game is going to be incredibly strong. TJ Perry's ratings went through the roof after becoming our leading rusher last season after injuries to Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall. His progression and his pure natural ability will make him one of the best running backs in the country this year and we have 3 really good backups behind him to spell him, or to take over if injuries plague us again this year. They will be helped by.... A very, very good offensive line. This is the one unit that returns pretty close to intact with just a few changes made in the offseason. Defense: We are replacing 3 starting LB's, 2 starting CB's, both safeties, and both DE's. The only returning starters are LB J. Johnson, and DT John Simon. With that being said............... We will have a top ten defense again this year. We've been ridiculously deep for years and now that depth will pay off as we bring in 9 new starters, and they can all play. The secondary is the only area of any concern...and there isn't much there either. Who to watch for: Offense: TJ Perry & Leonard Jackson Defense: J. Johnson & John Simon We will win the big 10 and contend nationally if: The secondary holds up, the receiving corp plays well, and the offensive line plays the way they are capable. The Bottom Line: Like I said, the more things change the more things stay the same. We've changed our offensive philosophy over the last few years with the talent we've had on offense especially at the WR position. This year we will be getting back to true Buckeye football. Expect 500 + carries for the Ohio State RB's. Expect the Defense to be one of the best units in the country. If we can run the ball, control the clock and play great defense this will be a very, very good team, and the 5 time defending Big 10 champs. Prediction: 11-2 and a 5th straight Rose Bowl.