The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t looked like the team everyone thought they should have been in the preseason. Despite being 5-0, the team has struggled the last few weeks, only beating Northern Illinois and Indiana by seven in the last three weeks.
Part of the Buckeyes’ problem has been their production in the redzone. They are currently ranked 108th in the country for redzone conversion percentage as they have only scored touchdowns on 75 percent of their trips inside the 20.
Head coach Urban Meyer talked about his team’s redzone proficiency in a press conference on Monday. He talked about what they could do to help increase it and he suggested that he switch things up behind center when the team reaches the redzone.
He talked about their problems inside the twenty earlier in the press conference.
“Turnovers and penalties. Ezekiel Elliott goes into the end zone, we get a call-back, and I think we missed a field goal on that one. It’s not just one problem, it’s a variety of problems.”
“As we look at our offense we’re a very explosive offense and if we’re given a confined space it makes things difficult. But I think in the red zone specifically there was a couple plays where it was just one thing. We missed one thing or don’t get the best block on one thing and that kind of confines us a little bit. I think it’s just we have to continue to better execute our offense and take care of what our responsibilities are and we’ll produce better.”
The Buckeyes have eked by with their big-play ability in the first few weeks, but the competition is about to get a lot tougher. Having good production inside the 20 is key and Barrett just might be the answer for the defending national champions.
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