COLUMBUS, Ohio — CJ Stroud and No. 3 Ohio State host Arkansas State in non-conference college football action on Saturday. Start is at noon Eastern.
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Stroud had two touchdown passes, and OSU’s new defense had a strong debut in a 21-10 win against Notre Dame in Week 1. The Red Wolves defeated Grambling, 58-3, in their season opener. .
Who: Arkansas State (1-0) at No. 3 Ohio State (1-0).
When: Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Weather: Eastern Noon.
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus (102,780).
TV: Big Ten Network.
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last line: Ohio State -44.5.
announcers: Mark Followill, Joshua Perry and Elise Menaker.
Read some of what cleveland.com’s Stephen Means wrote about how sophomore Emeka Egbuka could become the Buckeyes’ most dangerous receiver:
Wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has consistently said that everyone in the Ohio State football receiving room can play anywhere on the field.
Regardless of your size, talent, or skill sets, it’s best to learn everything.
You have to be able to be an X receiver lined up in the back of a formation, often one-on-one against a cornerback.
He should be able to be a Z-receiver, who is generally on the same side as a tight end, often off the line of scrimmage and more likely to change his alignment with the pre-snap move.
You also need to know the H receiver, better known as a slot receiver, who often works in the middle of the field.
Everyone in the room may be learning all the positions, but everyone still has the place where their talents are best used. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the best at the slot, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best at X, while guys like Julian Fleming and Jayden Ballard are the best at Z.
Then there is Emeka Egbuka, who can queue up everywhere. At least that was the case in the 21-10 win over Notre Dame.
“I knew I would try hard,” Egbuka said. “I knew he knew every play for every position on the field, every wide receiver position. I knew if I went out there and ran my plays like I do in practice and like I do on the road, I would trust my hands like I do in the pitching machine every day with Marvin, (Xavier Johnson) and all of them. guys, then it would be fine.”
The former top receiver in the draft class of 2021 is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, but one look tells you the listed size has some punch when he comes at you full speed. It’s a change of pace from what Smith-Njigba brings into the slot as a skilled route runner whose spatial awareness and ability to gain yardage after the catch make him so special.
Egbuka can also do many of those things. He has had to spend the last year learning how to maximize it.
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