Continuing on with Week 10 of the Buckeye Empire Summer Series, we will be looking at the Wide Receivers this week. To do that we first have to give credit to the man that gets this group of guys ready week in and week out: Coach Zach Smith.
Coach Smith is an Ohio native, hailing from Dublin, Ohio where he attended Dublin Coffman High School. After high school Coach Smith took his talents south and received his degree from Florida in 2007. Coach Smith is also the grandson of former Buckeye Head Coach Earle Bruce, so he comes from good coaching genes.
Coach Smith is in his second year at The Ohio State University and his 4th year as a full time coach, he was brought in by Coach Urban Meyer. Smith worked under Meyer at Florida where he spent 5 years as a graduate assistant and as a quality control assistant. In 2010 after his years at Florida he coached at Marshall as a Wide Receiver/Special Teams Coordinator and then in 2011 he switched to Temple to fulfill the same role for Coach Steve Addazio.
Smith took over a shaky and almost non-existent wide receiver corps in 2012. A group that came into the 2012 season without a player recording over 300 yards receiving or more than 14 receptions. Most of the season was played without DeVier Posey, which was a huge blow to the team. But under the expert tutelage of Coach Smith the receiving core stepped up in a big way last year, recording over 161 receptions for over 2,000 yards. The team learned how to read defenses, and defensive techniques better than before. The much improved season led to Corey “Philly” Brown having a break-out season and being named to the second team All-Big Ten.
During the spring game the receivers looked to have picked things up right where they left off in 2012. Both teams combined for 438 yards with standout Sophomore Michael Thomas leading all receivers with 7 catches for 79 yards. After last year’s performance as well as the performance during the spring game, this receiving group looks to have gained the trust of Quarterback Braxton Miller and of Coach Smith.
With a big bullseye on the backs of the team this year; the Buckeye receiving corps is going to need to continue to improve and build upon last season and the spring game’s success. It looks like Coach Smith is the right man to keep these guys motivated and on the right track.