Scarlet Sunrise: Kevin Wilson named semifinalist for Broyles Award
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Scarlet Sunrise: Kevin Wilson named semifinalist for Broyles Award

Kevin Wilson has helped lead the Ohio State offense. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson named semifinalist for Broyles Award

Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has helped pilot the Buckeyes offense to a record-setting season.

He is being recognized for his ability to do so. Wilson was named a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in the country. He is one of 15 assistant coaches to be on the list and one of four from the Big Ten.

Wilson and Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day lead a Buckeyes offense that is first in the country in yards per game (559.9) and scoring offense (47.2 points per game). The Buckeyes are sixth nationally in passing yards per game and have the best receiving trio in the country to go with a Heisman Trophy favorite at quarterback.

And they have an elite offensive coordinator. Kevin Wilson is a semifinalist for the Broyles Award.

Zach Boren breaks down Buckeyes run defense

If the turnaround had been a yearlong journey for Ohio State, that would have been impressive in its own right.

But the fact that Buckeyes had to do it on the fly after a near-disastrous two-week stretch to start the season almost defies belief.

How can that even be the same team?

The Buckeyes were a mess in September, and inexperience is the obvious, understandable place to start with the issues. There were alignment problems, blown assignments, missed tackles on the field and problems with both substitution patterns and scheme from the sideline.

Now the Buckeyes are a suffocating, run-stuffing outfit that just bottled up a Heisman Trophy candidate and have soared to No. 11 in the nation in rushing yardage allowed.

What has helped Ohio State turn around a rush defense that had major problems early in the season? How can the Buckeyes duplicate their best effort on the ground when the stakes are highest against rival Michigan? Where will the Silver Bullets be tested on Saturday in The Game? Former Ohio State captain Zach Boren was back in the Lettermen Row film lab to answer those questions and more in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems

Ohio State wasted no time destroying Michigan State.

The Buckeyes torched the Spartans with a massive first half, and now they can turn their full focus to The Game.

The trip to Ann Arbor won’t be easy for Ryan Day and his team, but the Buckeyes certainly are confident heading north to the Big House.

Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems is back again to break it all down as the Buckeyes look for another big road rivalry win in their quest for a return trip to the College Football Playoff and a shot at winning a national championship.

This week’s show features former Buckeyes defensive back Tyvis Powell, former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter and former Ohio State fullback and linebacker Zach Boren, alongside Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward.

This week’s episode is presented by Columbus Worthington Air.

Don’t miss the full episode of Weekend Kickoff at Urban Meyer’s Pint House.

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