Ohio State will be without at least 14 scholarship players this weekend, including its head receiver.
Chris Olway, a junior wideout with a team-high 36 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns in five matches, made headlines for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game vs. Northwestern, available 75 minutes before the scheduled afternoon. Was released by. to start.
Ohio State Status Report for Northwestern
|Game time decision|
S. Marcus Hooker
WR Chris Ole
Starting the linebacker Baron Browning and the puncher Drew Chrisman, according to the schedule, the Wildcats will not get a shot to play, as they are among the unavailable players. Starting safety Marcus Hooker was listed as a game-time decision, but he is not participating in the warm-up and is not expected to play.
Wide receiver Jackson Smith-Najiba, Defensive and Tyler Friday, Defensive and Jevonte Jean-Baptiste, Running Steel Chambers, Safety Bryson Shaw, Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, Wide Receiver Jaylen Harris and Quarterback Gunnar Haque will also not be available. They joined cornerback Cameron Brown and Safety Court Williams, who were unavailable as they continue their long-term recovery from injuries.
Linebackers coach Al Washington and wide receiver coach Brian Hartline will also not be in the game, the team confirmed.
The status report, released by Ohio State before each game, does not disclose any rationale for absence or an expected return date for any players listed as unavailable.
Note: Most of the players who play December 5 with Michigan State are active for Saturday’s tilt with Northwestern. All five starting offensive linemen, including left tackler Thayerford, center Josh Myers and right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, as well as linebacker Tuff Borland, safety Josh Proctor and offensive tackle Paris Johnson should be good to go. Neither of them appeared in the status report on Saturday morning, making it available for everyone to play.
Olave’s absence means that Ohio State will have to open up the passing attack against him and Garrett Wilson, who account for a combined 70 of the team’s 107 receptions. Sophomore Jameson Williams and newcomer Julian Fleming, in particular, figure in key roles for the Buckeyes. Justin Fields will definitely be seeing his way more often.
– Chris Olave (@chrisolave_) 19 December 2020
Justin Hilliard will likely shift to the Browning spot, becoming a full-time starting Sam linebacker. Friday or Jean-Baptiste does not mean defensive line coaches will turn up for the three-man rotation of Zach Harrison, Jonathan Cooper and Tyrke Smith.
With the hooker unable to play, it is unclear how the Buckeyes will replace him. They can see Proctor moving to deep safety, giving Ronny Hickman a snap in a two-safety look. Shaw also limits the options of coaches Kerry Coombs and Matt Barnes.
Not having Chrisman – who confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 – in a big-place thrusting punch to Zach Hoover or Michael O’Shughny. Both are specialists from Ohio.
– Drew Chrison (@ DChrisman91) 19 December 2020