Ohio State’s offense appears to be running on all cylinders with youth at quarterback and running back, but the Buckeyes could have a solid senior back and ready to contribute to the national championship efforts on Monday night. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman has been listed as probable by head coach Urban Meyer on Wednesday, which should come as welcome news for Ohio State fans.
Heuerman has been bothered at times this season from foot surgery he underwent in the spring. Through the pain, Heuerman has played in 13 games this season for the Big Ten champions with 17 catches, 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns to show for it. Nick Vannett has been the team’s top tight end in terms of receiving totals, but only by four yards and two touchdowns. Having Heuerman available should figure to give Ohio State a nice little boost on offense. Heuerman is a team captain and has been wearing the No. 5 in honor of quarterback Braxton Miller this season.
Meyer has also listed running back Dontre Wilson as probable for the game. Wilson broke his foot in a road win at Michigan State in early November and has since been in recovery mode. Ohio State will have their primary rusher in breakout star Ezekial Elliot for the championship game, but it never hurts to add a little depth to the roster when you can, especially when a championship is on the line.
Ohio State faces Pac-12 champion Oregon in the first College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday night in Arlington, Texas.
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