The Ohio State Buckeyes made an emphatic statement this weekend throttling longtime rival Michigan state 49-37. Despite the enormous win, the Buckeyes took a major step back with an injury to H-back Dontre Wilson. Wilson, listed as a co-starter on the team’s depth chart, sustained a broken bone in his foot after catching two passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. Still, Wilson was able to tough out the remainder of the game before deciding to undergo surgery Sunday. The news was first reported by Eleven Warriors that Wilson will likely miss the rest of the 2014 season. Only a sophomore, Wilson has shown great improvement over the course of the season and has been a major asset to the offensive scheme. It remains to be seen if Wilson will be able to return if Ohio State qualifies for the College Football Playoff, but opposing teams should not be surprised to see Wilson lining up against them come January.
Jalin Marshall will assume most of Wilson’s responsibility for the duration of the season and will be expected to fill the void left by Wilson. Wilson is the Buckeyes’ third leading receiver catching 21 passes for 300 yards and three to touchdowns to go along 100 additional rushing yards. Marshall has significantly lower numbers but is more than capable of compensating with his high talent level. The Buckeyes will rely heavily on Marshall and freshman Noah Brown for the team’s stretch run.
Ohio State has just two remaining regular season games- Minnesota and Indiana- and will most likely find themselves competing for not only a Big Ten Championship, but a spot in the College Football Playoff as well. Still, in order to sustain this success, the Buckeyes need Marshall to step up and become a key part of the offense to aid quarterback J.T. Barrett.
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