In the Buckeyes last game without Urban Meyer against TCU, the team shined in the bright lights. Interim head coach Ryan Day has done a phenomenal job during Meyer’s suspension. This past Saturday the Buckeyes by far had their toughest test this season. Let’s take a look at the players who stepped up on the national stage this past week.
Linebacker Malik Harrison
Malik Harrison, a local kid out of Walnut Ridge, has finally filled the void that the Buckeyes needed at the linebacker position. Harrison had six total tackles and a game clinching interception. As the season goes on look for Harrison to be an asset when the team defends against the pass.
Wide receiver K.J. Hill
K.J. Hill has to have the best hands on the Ohio State football team. Saturday Hill had six receptions for 95 yards and added an excellent touchdown in the third quarter. Continue to look for Hill to be the top target in the passing game as the season progresses on.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins has impressed Buckeye Nation and the rest of the college football world the first three weeks. In what was been Haskins’ toughest task as the starting quarterback, he was 24 of 38 for 344 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown on the day. Haskins became the first Buckeye to pass for 300 plus yards in three consecutive games. Look for Haskins to keep improving in what could be a Heisman campaign.
Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones
Dre’Mont Jones is showing everyone why he is a dominant defensive player. Jones also stepped in front of a shovel pass from TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson and took it to the house for a touchdown. This was easily one of the most pivotal plays of the day. Without Nick Bosa on the field in the second half due to an abdominal injury, Jones really helped anchor the defensive line. As the season keeps moving on Jones will continue to be that strong presence in what is already a dominant defensive line.
Next for the Buckeyes:
Well the Urban Meyer suspension is over which means things are essentially back to normal. Look for Buckeye Nation to be jacked up this Saturday against Tulane as the team attempts to start off 4-0. Kickoff is at 3:30 pm in Columbus.
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