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  01/20/21 - Haskell GarrettrSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-2, 299 (DS#3 DT) + More +

  Haskell Garrett may have seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of the Big Ten Conference's best defensive tackles as a senior. In reality Garrett had been building to his 2020 breakout for four years. Garrett did what the Buckeyes look for from four- and five-year seniors - role players who supplement the rotation behind NFL-bound starters and capitalize on their moment. By doing exactly that, Garrett likely put himself on the radar of NFL teams. Yet with a preseason interrupted by a gunshot wound and shortened and chopped up by the coronavirus pandemic, what could Garrett do with a full, healthy season? He becomes the fourth Buckeye to announce he is taking advantage of that option, following fellow defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, defensive back Marcus Williamson and offensive lineman Thayer Munford. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#3 DT) rSr/2022 DT Haskell GarrettOhio State
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  01/20/21 - Antwuan JacksonrSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-2, 295 (DS#52 DT) + More +

  Antwuan Jackson took the long road to his Ohio State football career. On Tuesday, the defensive tackle decided he wanted to stick around and enjoy it a little longer. Jackson announced he will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility afforded 2020 fall athletes by the NCAA and return to the Buckeyes in 2021. Jackson has quietly provided solid depth behind two groups of starters the past two seasons. He played the third-most snaps on the defensive interior in 2020 behind Garett and Togiai. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#52 DT) rSr/2022 DT Antwuan JacksonOhio State
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  01/19/21 - Jeremy RuckertJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-5, 253 (DS#5 TE) + More +

  Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert, heading upfield after making a catch against Penn State, has accepted his primary role as a blocker in the Buckeyes' multifaceted offense. Tight end Jeremy Ruckert announced Monday he will return to Ohio State for his senior season rather than enter this spring's NFL draft. He was the Buckeyes' top pass catcher last season after leading receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. In eight games, Ruckert caught 13 passes for 151 yards and five touchdowns, the third-most receptions on the team and a favorite target for quarterback Justin Fields in the red zone. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#5 TE) Jr/2022 TE Jeremy RuckertOhio State
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  01/19/21 - *Tommy TogiaiJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-2, 300 (DS#3 DT) + More +

  Tommy Togiai transitioned from the strongest man in Ohio State football's program to one of the Big Ten's best defensive tackles in 2020. Now he will try to make the transition to the highest level of the sport. Togiai announced Monday night he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft, forgoing his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes. Togiai collected 23 tackles (4.5 for loss) with 3.5 sacks. Seven tackles and three sacks came in the second game of the season, a victory at Penn State that earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#3 DT) Jr/2021 DT *Tommy TogiaiOhio State
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  01/19/21 - Tyreke SmithJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 267 (DS#6 DE) + More +

  Ohio State football's defensive line benefited greatly the past two seasons from players who came back for breakthrough senior seasons. Tyreke Smith will try to become the next. The defensive end announced Monday night he will put off the NFL Draft to return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. Ohio State football looked for one of its second and third-year defensive ends to help fill the void left by Chase Young's departure. Instead, that breakout came from fifth-year senior Jonathon Cooper, who became a second team All-American. Smith totaled only eight tackles, a sack and three quarterback hurries over seven games. But he contributed to one of the nation's best run defenses and continued to flash the potential for more as a pass rusher. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#6 DE) Jr/2022 DE Tyreke SmithOhio State
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  01/17/21 - Thayer MunfordrSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-5, 315 (DS#1 OT) + More +

  Ohio State offensive tackle Thayer Munford raised his NFL Draft stock with an impressive senior year. However, with the option of staying for another year due to an NCAA rule change, the left tackle decided he had more immediate priorities. Citing a promise to his mother to finish his degree, Munford announced Saturday morning he will return to the Buckeyes for the 2021 season. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#1 OT) rSr/2022 OT Thayer MunfordOhio State
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  01/17/21 - Drue ChrismanrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-2, 222 (DS#4 P) + More +

  From booming punts to bottle flipping, Drue Chrisman enjoyed a notable career at Ohio State. He announced Friday night he will ply those trades at the next level. Chrisman said on Twitter that he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft, forgoing the extra year of eligibility granted to all players due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chrisman was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by conference coaches for his 2020 season. He averaged 45.03 yards per punt, with 11 of his 27 kicks landing inside the opponents' 20. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#4 P) rSr/2021 P Drue ChrismanOhio State
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  01/17/21 - *Josh MyersrJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-4, 312 (DS#1 C) + More +

  Ohio State football could not have asked for much more from at center than what Josh Myers provided the past two seasons. Successfully making the transition from guard, Myers emerged as one of the Big Ten's best centers. He also became an important voice on the team, serving as a team captain during a trying - and ultimately successful - 2020 season. Myers declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday night. His are large shoes to fill at an important position, especially since the Buckeyes will also be breaking in a first-time starting quarterback in 2021. Whoever throws the next pass for Ohio State will be throwing his first. The connection between Myers and Justin Fields helped stabilize the offense, and someone else must build that rapport. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#1 C) rJr/2021 C *Josh MyersOhio State
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  01/16/21 - *Shaun WaderJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  Shaun Wade came back to Ohio State football in 2020 to make himself a more complete cornerback and help the Buckeyes win the national championship. Now he departs to join the impressive list of Buckeye alums in NFL secondaries. Wade announced Friday he will enter the 2020 NFL Draft, forging his final season of eligibility. Wade nearly entered last year's draft, and also at one point opted out prior to the 2020 season to begin draft preparations before reconsidering.

Wade came back to Ohio State in part to make the transition from slot cornerback to outside. Regardless of his All-America credentials, that change did not go as smoothly as he or the Buckeyes had hoped. While he gained additional experience outside, Wade's role at the NFL level could range anywhere from cornerback - possibly back in the slot or as a nickel back - to safety. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#5 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Shaun WadeOhio State
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  01/14/21 - *Justin FieldsJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  A lot of Ohio State football fans were likely inclined to turn off the College Football Playoff national championship game loss to Alabama in the third quarter. Turns out a lot of potential viewers never turned the game on in the first place. According to Sports Media Watch, Monday night's 52-24 Crimson Tide victory was the lowest for any CFP or BCS national championship game. The game averaged 18.65 million viewers on various ESPN networks, per Nielsen's estimates. The previous low for a national championship was USC's victory over Oklahoma in 2005, which drew 21.42 million viewers. The previous six CFP championship games averaged about 27.6 million viewers. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Justin FieldsOhio State
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  01/13/21 - *Justin FieldsJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  In what could potentially be his final game as Ohio State football's starting quarterback, Justin Fields didn't play his best game, but he also didn't play his worst in the 52-24 loss to Alabama in the National Championship. Fields completed 17 of 33 passes for 194 yards and only one touchdown while running for another 67 yards. Those aren't the eye-popping stats like the win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, but they were decent numbers given the way things played out offensively. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Justin FieldsOhio State
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  01/13/21 - *Shaun WaderJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  Cornerback Shaun Wade left open the possibility for a return to Ohio State for a fifth season. Speaking with reporters following Monday night's loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game, Wade said he planned to mull a decision in the coming days. "I do want to come back and everything," Wade said. "I've got to talk to my parents. It is upsetting that we got here and we just didn't accomplish the goal. And that's just been my goal, winning a national championship and winning big games like this. I'll just go back with my parents, go talk to them and go from there." The deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft is Jan. 18, leaving Wade with less than a week to finalize his future plans. When asked if the final was his last game with the Buckeyes, he said, "I really can't say." Wade previously contemplated turning pro last January following his redshirt sophomore season and declared for the draft in September while Ohio State's season was in limbo. He opted back in once the season restarted. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#5 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Shaun WadeOhio State
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  01/13/21 - Chris OlaveJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-1, 188 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Ohio State finished a distant runner-up to Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game, and in the final college rankings. Alabama took the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 with its 52-24 pummeling of the Buckeyes. Ohio State finished No. 2 - its highest position of the season. The Buckeyes finished with 1,463 vote points, ahead of No. 3 Clemson (1,378), No. 4 Texas A&M (1,324) and No. 5 Notre Dame (1,279). - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#1 WR) Jr/2022 WR Chris OlaveOhio State
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  01/11/21 - Trey SermonrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-0, 215 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Ohio State running back Trey Sermon left the national championship game against No. 1 Alabama with an injury Monday night and did not return. Sermon was taken to the locker room after the Buckeyes' first offensive series, during which he carried the ball once for 2 yards. Master Teague III, who began the season as the starter, was in for the second series and had three carries, including an 8-yard run for a touchdown. Teague scored again from four yards out in the second quarter after the Buckeyes recovered an Alabama fumble. Sermon, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, broke out with 331 rushing yards in the Big Ten championship and another 193 yards in the semifinal win over Clemson. - AP College Football

(DS#4 RB) rSr/2021 RB Trey SermonOhio State
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  01/07/21 - *Josh MyersrJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-4, 312 (DS#1 C) + More +

  2020 RIMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST: Josh Myers, Ohio State,...Myers joins Pat Elflein (2016) and Billy Price (2017) as Buckeye finalists over the past five years. Both Elflein and Price won the award. Other 2020 finalists are Landon Dickerson of Alabama and Tyler Linderbaum of Iowa. Myers has been at the center - literally - of one of the nation's top offensive lines in 2020. He was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference and helped the Buckeyes win a fourth straight conference title with one of the most dominating run performances of the entire season. - Ohio State Football

(DS#1 C) rJr/2021 C *Josh MyersOhio State
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