September 2, 2007

Breaking down the offense: Week 1

COMMENTARY - The Ohio State offense got off to a fast start to the 2007 season Saturday. Junior Todd Boeckman led the Buckeyes down the field on the opening drive and hit freshman wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher for the first touchdown of the new season.

The rest of the day was not exactly the type of offensive symphony Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith orchestrated throughout much of last season.

It was, however, a successfull debut for Boeckman and many other Buckeyes making their first start. A day later we analyze what they did right and what they could have done better on offense.


We didn't see enough of backups Rob Schoenhoft or Antonio Henton - although Henton did throw a nice ball to Taurian Washington on the 37-yard touchdown - in this game to cast judgment. As promised, Schoenhoft got a series under center in the first half and Henton picked one up late in the second half before Schoenhoft went back in for the final drive.

Schoenhoft threw six passes, completing three of them for eight yards. He did show the ability to avoid pressure and scramble out of the pocket we have been hearing about , finishing the day with 3 rushes for 27 yards including a fancy 16-yard scramble where he avoided backside pressure and ran over a defender on his way to a first down.

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