Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s statement that he had drawn up a package that would feature both of his quarterbacks on the field at the same time certainly captured headlines, but the news from Media Day that might have a greater impact on the Buckeyes is the fact that Jake Stoneburner is being moved from tight end to wide receiver…
…Or should I say back to wide receiver. Stoneburner was all-state receiver at Dublin Coffman, setting school records catching 74 passes for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.
The position change isn’t because Stoneburner wasn’t effective as as a tight end. He caught 7 touchdown passes during his junior year to lead the Scarlet and Gray in that category.
In fact, Jeff Heuerman says, Stoneburner set a high standard that he and Nick Vannett will be hard pressed to live up to. “We still watch film on Jake and how he runs his routes. It’s how we’re supposed to run our routes.”
The position change is much more closely related to a lack of other playmakers out wide, and the emergence of Heuerman and Vannett.
“Coach Meyer saw some confidence in me and Jeff and what we were doing so I think it’s going to be great for the offense,” Vannett said, shortly after Meyer had singled him out for praise at Media Day.
“There’s going to be times where [Jake will] be in the game and so will we,” Vannett continued. “It’ll going to be great for the passing game, create mismatches. I think it’s going to stir up the defense a little bit.”