Although baseball may still be in season, football is looking to once again take it’s rightful place on the mantel as America’s favorite sport. Still, we want to give a hat-tip to the big-four sport still in season right now, so we’re taking a look at the Ohio State players who possess the most home run (see what we did?) ability. Here are the most explosive Buckeyes on the 2018 roster.
5.) Jaelen Gill
One day Jaelen Gill could be the top player on this list. Gill is a freshman running back who is also expected to return kicks and contribute on special teams. In high school, Gill was a 5-star recruit out of Westerville and the 30th-ranked player in the class of 2018. Gill should have ample chances to showcase his explosiveness in 2018.
4.) J.K. Dobbins
J.K. Dobbins burst on the scene in 2017. Not only did he break the Ohio State freshman rushing record, Dobbins also was named MVP of the Big Ten Championship game after a 174-yard game which was culminated by a 77-yard run. Dobbins is an explosive runner who is not afraid to find the seam between the tackles. The threat of being able to take it to the house every play makes Dobbins a dark-horse Heisman candidate.
3.) Parris Campbell
Parris Campbell is a wide receiver that has proven he can take a screen pass for a touchdown on any given play. Last season Campbell had three catches for over 50-yards. He finished the season with 584 receiving yards and three touchdowns, along with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown. Campbell claims he is one of the fastest players in college football after teammate Kendall Sheffield officially earned the honor from NFL.com. As one of the leaders of this Ohio State team, Campbell is expected to make plenty of big plays in 2018.
2.) Johnnie Dixon
It felt that every time Johnnie Dixon touched the football last season, a big play was in store. On the year he only caught 18 passes, but he scored on eight of those receptions. Dixon had six catches that went for at least 30 yards or more, and on the season he averaged 23.4 yards per catch. His largest gain came against Rutgers, when he took a pass for a 70-yard touchdown, but he also had a dominate performance against Penn State. Dixon is a true deep threat that defenses must focus on. As long as he stays healthy in 2018, Dixon will have a monster year.
1.) Demario McCall
Demario McCall is without a doubt one of the most electric players on the Ohio State roster. He has become known as a spring game hero, but that is only because McCall has barely played the past two seasons. When he has played, it’s been pure domination. In 2017 McCall scored a 48-yard and a 35-yard touchdown against Rutgers. In 2016 McCall rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries. He was also a threat receiving the ball in 2016, catching four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
However, injuries have held McCall back in his career. Now healthy, McCall is expected to see an expanded role as a punt returner for the Buckeyes. Expect McCall to return at least one punt for a touchdown in 2018, as he is easily the team’s biggest home run threat.