By Nate Stevenson
The Buckeyes head to Fort Worth this week to face the TCU Horned Frogs. Players like Dwayne Haskins and Nick Bosa have already solidified their fear into TCU’s coaching staff, while other marquee players for the Buckeyes have yet to break out this season. Here are four players that the Frogs have probably not analyzed enough that could end up being huge game-changers on Saturday.
WR, Binjimen Victor
The junior wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale had a solid season a year ago, having 4 touchdowns on 18 catches. One of the Buckeyes’ taller receivers standing at 6’4, he has proven to be a top deep threat for the team. With the arm Dwayne Haskins has and the weak secondary of TCU, expect a couple of big plays from him and potentially a touchdown or two as well.
RB, J.K. Dobbins
After having one of the best seasons a true freshman running back for the Buckeyes, Dobbins has lost some of the spotlight to healthy junior Mike Weber. Although he has had a good season so far, he has not had a breakout game for the team yet. Dobbins has proven to step up his performance for bigger games from the past year, and a successful night for him against the Frogs seems almost inevitable.
CB, Damon Arnette
Arnette, another player from Fort Lauderdale, has big shoes to fill in replacing Denzel Ward’s spot as the top cornerback for the team. Arnette had a great finish to the 2017 season against Michigan, Wisconsin, and USC with at least 3 tackles in each game. With all the dropped passes TCU receivers had last year and the departure of QB Kenny Hill, expect Arnette to show some leadership among the DB’s and have a good game.
DE, Chase Young
With all the attention of the Ohio State defensive line being on the strong side with Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones, true sophomore Chase Young can make as much of an impact as the other, more experienced, defensive linemen. A top-10 nationally ranked player coming out of high school, Young had 3.5 sacks and 18 tackles as a true freshman. With zero returning offensive linemen starters for the Frogs and the proven dominance of the Buckeye defensive line, Chase Young will often likely be finding his way into TCU’s backfield on Saturday.