Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes happy, not satisfied with last season

Spencer Holbrookover 1 year
Zach Harrison by Birm-Lettermen Row
Zach Harrison is showing signs of superstar ability at Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes happy, not satisfied with last season

Ohio State is never going to call a season that featured a Heisman Trophy finalist, a College Football Playoff appearance, a Big Ten title and a win over Michigan a failure. The Buckeyes nearly had a perfect season, and the lone loss came in the CFP.

So it’s normal for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes to be happy with the season. It wasn’t a failure. But at the same time, there’s plenty of room for improvements to be made, especially after coming up just short of a national title. Ohio State is already chasing next year’s crown.

“Certainly we didn’t reach all of our goals,” Day said. “And that’s something we’ve got right back in here this past week and talked about. And they’re hungry. This team’s going to be hungry, turned around. It’s obviously fresh off the loss. That was a tough game to swallow. But we’re already moved on looking towards the future.

“But I think the ground work has been laid moving forward. And I think there’s a lot of credibility now, and I think there’s some real good leadership there. And these guys have tasted it now. They’ve been in the semifinals here, some of the younger guys. I think they’re just going to be hungry moving forward as we get into the next season.”

Can Master Teague take big step this offseason?

One of the toughest challenges for Ohio State this offseason will be replacing all-time great running back J.K. Dobbins. Master Teague was the backup last season behind Dobbins, and he’ll be expected to take a huge step this winter and into next season if the Buckeyes want to make another run at a national title.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward explored the expectations that will be placed on Teague with Thursday’s Question of the Day:

And for most of last season, he looked ready for the challenge as he came off the bench to complement Dobbins with his bruising style, underrated speed and a one-cut approach that allowed him to rack up yardage in bunches. But whether he hit a wall, defenses started to figure him out or he simply wasn’t ready to be the primary threat, Teague faded down the stretch in the biggest games of the season and finished with just 45 yards on 21 combined carries over the last four games — including a zero-touch outing in the Big Ten championship.

So, the question during offseason workouts heading into his third year in the program: Are the nearly 850 yards overall last year an indication that Teague is ready for a primetime role or is the door open for Marcus Crowley or Steele Chambers thanks to those late struggles?

Have a question about the Buckeyes this offseason? Send it here.

Four-star running back won’t visit Ohio State

One of the final targets for Ohio State in the class of 2020 can likely be ruled out.

Jahmyr Gibbs, a four-star running back from Dalton, Georgia, won’t visit Ohio State this weekend like he was expected to.

Sources close to the Buckeyes suggested following Wednesday’s press conference from Ryan Day that the concern about the scholarship numbers in Columbus could potentially cancel the planned visit from the Georgia Tech running back commitment. A decision was still being made about whether or not to go through with the official visit, but that decision was made, and Gibbs will not visit the Buckeyes this weekend.

Steve Wiltfong of first reported the news, and Lettermen Row sources confirmed the same shortly thereafter.

It now seems like the only remaining 2020 recruiting question is whether Cameron Martinez will sign with the Buckeyes in February or if he’ll move on to another program. Do not expect any other prospects to emerge in this cycle unless there’s a significant amount of unexpected attrition from here through Feb. 5.

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