Brian Hartline and Ohio State are still trying to figure out the best way to use veteran playmaker Xavier Johnson.

Johnson, who is entering his 6th year in Columbus, has contributed in a variety of areas during his time with the Buckeyes. He began his career as a running back but later transitioned to receiver.

In 2022, Johnson recorded 12 rushing attempts and 13 receptions as he continued to show off his versatility. On Tuesday morning, Hartline commented on how the Buckeyes could try to deploy Johnson in the offense this season.

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“I think Xavier’s a really good receiver and a really good running back,” Hartline said. “So we’ve got to find ways to use that.”

Johnson has also been a longtime special teams contributor for the Buckeyes. Last season, he returned 12 kickoffs for 269 yards — an average of 22.4 yards per attempt.

Ohio State’s skill positions always loaded with elite players, but it seems the coaching staff has made finding opportunities for Johnson a priority in 2023.

Ohio State’s spring game will be played on April 15.