Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Preason All-Ohio Big Ten offensive team

Wonder how a team filled exclusively of Ohio players would fare in the Big Ten?

Well, it's June, meaning it's time to begin pondering the question. The conference's 12 schools all try recruiting Ohio, some with more success than others.

Combining Big Ten players from Ohio high schools would create an impressive team in 2013. We're unveiling the offense today. Look for our preseason defensive team tomorrow.


QB: Braxton Miller (Jr., Ohio State, Huber Heights, Wayne) -- Could stage a memorable Heisman Trophy showdown with Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel by improving his passing numbers.

RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint (Sr., Michigan, Youngstown, Liberty) -- A DUI suspension and broken leg slowed Toussaint last season. With Denard Robinson playing a position-to-be-named-later in the NFL, Toussaint might be primed to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his career.

RB: Warren Ball (Fr., Ohio State, Columbus, DeSales) -- Not many top-flight backs from Ohio in the Big Ten. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Ball could be one some day.

WR: Cody Latimer (Jr., Indiana, Dayton, Jefferson Twp.) -- Indiana doesn't possess the size or strength to play bully football. But the Hoosiers like to pass, and Latimer likes to make big plays. He caught 51 passes for 805 yards last year, leading the Hoosiers with 15.8 yards per reception.

WR: Devin Smith (Jr., Ohio State, Massillon, Washington) -- Urban Meyer grumbled about Ohio State's lack of big-play threats before last season. Smith quickly started developing into one, averaging 20.6 yards per reception as a junior.

TE: Ted Bolser (Sr., Indiana, Cincinnati, Indian Hill) -- Indiana's roster is saturated with pass-catchers from Ohio. Bolser could post the biggest tight end receiving numbers in 2013 from somebody doesn't play for Penn State.

OL:  Jack Mewhort (Sr., Ohio State, Toledo, St. John's Jesuit) -- Mewhort is the conference's second best NFL offensive tackle prospect behind Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

OL: Dan France (Sr. Michigan State, North Royalton, North Royalton) -- Moving to right guard after spending the past two years as the Spartans' starting left tackle. 

OL: Corey Linsley (Sr., Ohio State, Youngstown, Boardman) -- Made a smooth transition from guard to center last season. No need for Miller to worry about fielding sloppy snaps.

OL: Andrew Norwell (Sr., Ohio State, Cincinnati) -- Yes, Ohio State will have one of the nation's top offensive lines this season. The 6-foot-6, 319-pund Norwell is an immoveable guard in a tackle's body.

OL: Kyle Kalis (Fr., Michigan, Lakewood, St. Edward) -- Redshirt freshman could become Michigan's starting right guard this season. List of high school accomplishments: Parade All-American, U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant and five-star recruit.

K: Drew Basil (Sr., Ohio State, Chillicothe, Chillicothe) -- Career 24-for-32 on field-goal attempts with a long of 52 in 2012. Also has 41 career touchbacks.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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