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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Last year Ohio States offensive engine was powered mostly by All-American tailback Ezekiel Elliott, and the passing game took a back seat. Nike Presto Nere . Coach Urban Meyer wants that to change.The Buckeyes ran the ball nearly two-thirds of the time in 2015, leaning mostly on Elliott, who averaged about 140 yards per game, and quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. The 188.8-yards-per-game passing average dropped Ohio States aerial attack to 100th in the nation. It just never got on track.With Elliott gone to the Dallas Cowboys as a first-round draft pick, Meyer said hes seeking more balance between the rushing and passing games. Ideal, he said, would be a 50-50 split. He thinks thats realistic with the 2016 team, which opens the season Saturday against Bowling Green.Well know more obviously Saturday, but we have depth at receiver, Meyer said. We have a returning quarterback that understands what were trying to do.The Buckeyes running game is one of the big questions heading into the season. Redshirt freshman Mike Weber is starting at tailback, and Meyer said H-back Curtis Samuel will also run the ball. Meyer said he wants to see Barrett carry less of the load on the ground after averaging 62 yards rushing per game last season. He said 10 to 12 rushing attempts per game is ideal for the quarterback -- Barrett had at least 15 attempts in each of the last four games last season.Direct quarterback runs, where we call it, five to seven, eight, maybe, depends on the game, Meyer said. And then hes a natural scrambler. When things break down, I think thats one of his strengths. Hes one of those quarterbacks that very rarely takes a sack. Hes always getting that plus yardage.Co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said Samuel may be a key to that balance and is likely will touch the ball 10 to 15 times per game.Curtis is a very skilled athlete, a very elite player with the ball in his hands, Warinner said. So were just going to try to find as many ways to use him as possible. I mean he can do great things at wide receiver, he can do great things with the ball in his hands from the running back position.None of the other receivers are proven, although everyone in the program is raving about the potential of wide receiver Noah Brown, who was set to be a starter last year before breaking a leg in training camp. Wide receiver Corey Smith and H-back Dontre Wilson have limited experience, but the other receivers who will play Saturday have yet to catch their first pass.Barrett said the pieces are in place for a more balanced attack.The key, he said, is just getting it out of my hands as fast as I can and getting it to our playmakers and be able to fly around, kind of like we did back in 2014. I think thats the direction were headed. Were still getting some kinks out but Im happy with where its at.BURROWS OUT: Cam Burrows, who was expected to see playing time at safety, is out for the season with a foot injury. Burrows broke the foot and had surgery in October, which led to him being redshirted last season. He saw some playing time in 2013 and 14. Hes going to stay with the team and be a weight room assistant this season.PHENOMENAL FRESHMEN: How young is this Ohio State team? The depth chart released this week includes 17 redshirt and true freshmen, including true freshman Michael Jordan starting at left guard. A freshman hasnt started on the Buckeyes offensive line on opening day since Orlando Pace in 1994. Barrett is eager to see how Jordan responds.I remember in the spring game, it was kind of one of those things where there were 100,000 people, and a saw him look up a couple times and I said, `Yeah, theyre here. Theyre not going away, Barrett said. Relax.---Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacyFor some of his other recent stories: http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mitch-stacy Nike Presto Fly Nere . -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Air Presto Ultra Br Uomo . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. http://www.prestoflyuomo.it/air-presto-ultra-flyknit.html . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2).PARIS -- Used to be the French Open was the scene for clay-court specialists and surprise champions. Scan the list of past winners and runners-up. Theres Gaston Gaudio and Albert Costa, Guillermo Coria and Martin Verkerk, Andres Gomez and Mariano Puerta. Not so much a "Whos Who." More like a "Whos He?" The womens list features fewer out-of-nowhere names, yet does include those such as Iva Majoli, Anastasia Myskina and Francesca Schiavone, who all won the French Open while never making it past the quarterfinals at any other major championship. With the years second Grand Slam tournament set to begin Sunday at Roland Garros, there is little thought being given to that sort of stunning outcome, thanks to Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. As seven-time major champion John McEnroe put it: "Its pretty obvious who the favourite is." He meant, of course, Nadal, who won his record seventh French Open title last year and is 52-1 for his career at the place. Consider, too, the nearly perfect way the Spaniard has played after seven months off the tour because of a left knee injury: Since returning in February, Nadal is 36-2, reaching the finals at all eight tournaments hes entered, winning six. "I am enjoying every moment, and eight finals in a row is wonderful," Nadal said. "Four, five months ago, it was impossible to think about this." He wore a wrap of white tape below that troublesome knee while practicing Thursday afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier with the temperature in the 40s (below 10 degrees Celsius) for about an hour before heavy rain fell; the forecast is for more wet weather in the coming days. Nadal has cut down on the amount of time he spends training on court, one concession to recurring knee problems, which also forced him to pull out of Wimbledon in 2009, when he would have been the defending champion. "Im really happy for him, and impressed that hes come back," said McEnroe, now a TV analyst. "It seems like hes barely lost anything, if at all. Right now, he seems to be finally, he says, playing the best hes been playing the whole year, which is sort of frightening for the other players." And yet Nadal will not be seeded No. 1 when the draw is held Friday. Thats because the French Open decided to strictly follow the rankings, and Nadals time away deducted enough points that he is currently No. 4 (hell move up one spot to No. 3 in the seedings, because No. 2 Andy Murraay, the reigning U. Nike Presto Off White Prezzo. . Open champion, withdrew because of a bad back. Tournament director Gilbert Ysern explained that while he could have opted to ignore the rankings -- and even contemplated doing so, because Nadal is "the best player on clay" and Roland Garros "is a bit like his garden" -- there wasnt a consensus it was the proper thing to do. "You can understand the argument that those who are higher than him in the rankings in a certain way deserve their ranking," Ysern said, "and to move these players back to move Nadal forward could have been considered unfair." Nadal, for his part, did not sound too fussed about the matter, saying, "I had a very good chance to be No. 10 (given the time off), and there are lots of chances to be worse, and I accept the situation." So last years French Open runner-up to Nadal, Novak Djokovic, will be seeded No. 1, and 17-time major champion Roger Federer will be seeded No. 2. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., is ranked No. 16 in the world. Djokovic handed Nadal one of his two losses of 2013, in the Monte Carlo final on clay last month, proof that Nadal is not completely invincible, even on the slow surface he dominates. The No. 1-ranked Williams, meanwhile, has been unbeatable lately. She arrives in Paris having won a career-high 24 consecutive matches and is 36-2 -- like Nadal -- with a tour-leading five titles this season. Thats part of a stretch in which shes gone 67-3, including titles last year at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the London Olympics. That 70-match stretch of excellence dates, probably not coincidentally, to her last match at Roland Garros, a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France in the first round in 2012. It is her only opening loss in 50 career Grand Slam tournaments -- precisely the sort of thing that seems to happen around these parts. While there certainly are other women who realistically can harbour hopes of lifting the trophy in a little more than two weeks -- defending champion Maria Sharapova is the best example -- Williams appears to be playing as well as ever at the moment. She already owns 15 Grand Slam singles titles, but the French Open is the only major tournament shes won fewer than four times. Her lone championship in Paris came in 2002. "Nothing is ever perfect and I learned that last year when I felt perfect," Williams said. "So I am still in a danger zone." 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