2020 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAPSULE: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

HEAD COACH: Ryan Day

RECORD AT OSU: 16-1

2019 RECORD: 13-1

BIG 10 RECORD: 9-0 (1ST IN THE EAST)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kevin Wilson

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kerry Combs/Greg Mattison

 

LAST LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: 2019

RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 6

RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 4

RETURNING SPECIAL TEAMS K/P: 2

 

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH:

QB Justin Fields

RB Trey Sermon

WR Chris Olava

LT Thayer Munford

RG Wyatt Davis

DE Zach Harrison

DT Tommy Togiai

LB Pete Warner

LB Tuf Borland

CB Shaun Wade

 

TEAM STRENGTHS:

The Buckeyes re-loaded again with an impressive recruiting class. They have a 5-star recruit or a high level 4-star at every starting spot on the team. They will be more talented and deeper than just about every team they play this season.

 

TEAM CONCERNS:

They do have some questions on defense without DE Chase Young and DB Jeffery Okudah. In order to win a national title, Ohio State’s defense will have to be as good as last season.

 

2019 RESULTS:

W Florida Atlantic 45 – 21

W Cincinnati 42 – 0

W at Indiana 51 – 10

W Miami OH 76 – 5

W at Nebraska 48 – 7

W Michigan State 34 – 10

W at Northwestern 52 – 3

W Wisconsin 38 – 7

W Maryland 73 – 14

W at Rutgers 56 – 21

W Penn State 28 – 17

W at Michigan 56 – 27

BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP

W vs. Wisconsin 34 – 21

FIESTA BOWL: COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEMI – FINAL

L vs. Clemson 29 – 3

 

2020 SCHEDULE

September 5 Bowling Green

September 12 at Oregon

September 19 Buffalo

September 26 Rutgers

October 10 Iowa

October 17 at Michigan State

October 24 at Penn State

October 31 Nebraska

November 7 Indiana

November 14 at Maryland

November 21 at Illinois

November 28 Michigan

 

2019 RANKINGS

OFFENSE

SCORING: 46.9

RUSHING: 266.8

PASSING: 263.1

TOTAL OFFENSE: 529.9

 

DEFENSE

SCORING: 13.7

RUSHING: 103.7

PASSING: 156.0

TOTAL: 259.7

TURNOVER MARGIN: + 0.64

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

PASSING: Justin Fields, 238 – 354 – 3,273 YDS – 41TD – 3INT

RUSHING: JK Dobbins, 301 –2,003 – 21TD

RECEIVING: KJ Hill, 57 – 636 – 11.2 – 10TD

TACKLES: M. Harrison, 75

TACKLES FOR LOSS: C. Young, 21

SACKS: C. Young 16.5

INTERCEPTIONS: J Okudah, 3

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

QB Justin Fields: After transferring from Georgia, Fields became one of college walls biggest stars. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and 41 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions. The former Georgia Bulldog was a Heisman finalist in 2019 and will be one of the leading candidates for the award this season. NFL scouts compare him to Cam Newton and is in the mix to be the top draft pick in 2021.

 

KEEP AN EYE ON:

WR Garrett Wilson: as a true freshman last season, Wilson caught three passes for 432 yards and five scores. He is expected to be one of the best receivers in college football as a sophomore.

 

TOP NEWCOMER:

RB Trey Sermon: Ohio State must replace their top running back in JK Dobbins. Sermon is a former four – star prospect and a transfer from Oklahoma. He rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 25 touchdowns in three seasons at Oklahoma. He is expected to be the starter on opening day.

 

2020 TOP RECRUITS:

WR Julian Fleming, 6’2” 199

OT Paris Johnson Jr., 6’7” 290

WR Jaxon Smith –Njigba 6’1” 188

QB CJ Stroud, 6’3” 194

WR Gee Scott Jr., 6’3” 207

 

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING:

Give Ryan Day credit for bringing the nation’s best to Columbus. He is one of the best recruiters in the nation and everybody was talking about their talent at this year’s draft. Justin Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year and becomes the first quarterback ever to start multiple seasons under Coach Day. It will be a battle between Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence for the best quarterback in the country. Fields adjusted to the new system quickly last season and that matters to NFL teams. If Ohio State can get the same production out of Zach Harrison as they did Chase Young, the Buckeyes will likely return to the FBS playoffs. Harrison had 3.5 sacks as a true freshman and it will be interesting to see if he can make the jump to the next level as a sophomore.

Ohio State won a national championship in 2014 and returned most of its roster the following season, but they have made the college football playoff twice and have not won a playoff game since. Clemson and Alabama have taken over the top two spots in college football. Now Ohio State must find a way to get over the hump and into the elite class again.

 

2020 ROSTER

Number Name Position HT. WT. YEAR HOMETOWN LAST SCHOOL
1 Justin Fields QB 6-3 228 Junior Kennesaw, Ga. Georgia / Harrison H.S.
2 Chris Olave WR 6-1 188 Junior San Marcos, Calif. Mission Hills
3 Demario McCall RB 5-9 195 Senior North Ridgeville, Ohio North Ridgeville H.S.
3 Teradja Mitchell LB 6-2 242 Junior Virginia Beach, Va. Bishop Sullivan
4 Julian Fleming WR 6-2 200 Freshman Catawissa, Pa. Southern Columbia
4 Lejond Cavazos CB 6-0 195 Freshman San Antonio, Texas IMG Academy
5 Baron Browning LB 6-3 240 Senior Fort Worth, Texas Kennedale
5 Garrett Wilson WR 6-0 193 Sophomore Austin, Texas Lake Travis
6 Jameson Williams WR 6-2 188 Sophomore St. Louis, Mo. Cardinal Ritter College Prep
6 Taron Vincent DT 6-2 295 Sophomore Baltimore, Md. IMG Academy
7 C.J. Stroud QB 6-3 205 Freshman Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Rancho Cucamonga
7 Sevyn Banks CB 6-1 200 Junior Orlando, Fla. Jones
7 Kamryn Babb WR 6-0 197 Sophomore St. Louis, Mo. Christian Brothers College
8 Javontae Jean-Baptiste DE 6-5 250 Sophomore Oradell, N.J. Bergen Catholic
9 Jack Miller III QB 6-3 215 Freshman Scottsdale, Ariz. Chaparral
9 Zach Harrison DE 6-6 265 Sophomore Lewis Center, Ohio Olentangy Orange
10 Mookie Cooper WR 5-10 195 Freshman Maryland Heights, Mo. Pattonville
11 Tyreke Smith DE 6-4 267 Junior Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Heights
11 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR 6-0 196 Freshman Rockwall, Texas Rockwall
12 Gunnar Hoak QB 6-4 215 Graduate Dublin, Ohio UK / Coffman
13 Tyreke Johnson CB 6-1 195 Sophomore Jacksonville, Fla. Trinity Christian Academy
13 Gee Scott Jr. WR 6-3 210 Freshman Seattle, Wash. Eastside Catholic
15 Jaylen Harris WR 6-5 215 Senior Cleveland Cleveland Heights
15 Josh Proctor SAF 6-2 202 Junior Owasso, Okla. Owasso
16 Cade Stover TE 6-4 255 Rs.-Freshman Mansfield, Ohio Lexington
16 Ryan Watts CB 6-3 195 Freshman Little Elm, Texas Little Elm
17 Bryson Shaw SAF 6-1 195 Rs.-Freshman Eldersburg, Md. Bullis School
17 Danny Vanatsky QB 6-1 210 Junior Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
18 Jonathon Cooper DE 6-4 257 Graduate Gahanna, Ohio Lincoln
18 J.P. Andrade QB 6-2 210 Sophomore La Verne, Calif. Bonita
19 Jagger LaRoe QB 6-3 220 Sophomore Colleyville, Texas Texas A&M / Colleyville Heritage
19 Dallas Gant LB 6-3 232 Junior Toledo, Ohio St. John’s Jesuit
20 Pete Werner LB 6-3 242 Senior Indianapolis, Ind. Cathedral
21 Marcus Williamson CB 5-10 186 Senior Westerville, Ohio IMG Academy
22 Steele Chambers RB 6-1 220 Rs.-Freshman Roswell, Ga. Blessed Trinity Catholic
23 Marcus Hooker SAF 5-11 200 Sophomore New Castle, Pa. New Castle
24 Marcus Crowley RB 6-1 205 Sophomore Jacksonville, Fla. Trinity Christian Academy
24 Shaun Wade CB 6-1 195 Junior Jacksonville, Fla. Trinity Christian Academy
25 Xavier Johnson RB 6-2 215 Junior Cincinnati, Ohio Summit Country Day
26 Cameron Brown CB 6-0 192 Junior St. Louis, Mo. Christian Brothers College
28 Ronnie Hickman SAF 6-1 205 Rs.-Freshman Wayne, N.J. DePaul Catholic
28 Dominic DiMaccio K 5-8 192 Junior Powell, Ohio DeSales
29 Kourt Williams SAF 6-1 221 Freshman Harbor City, Calif. St. John Bosco
29 Zach Hoover P 6-2 200 Senior Toledo, Ohio Central Catholic
30 Kevin Dever SAF 6-0 195 Junior Cleveland, Ohio St. Edward’s
32 Tuf Borland LB 6-1 234 Graduate Bolingbrook, Ill. Bolingbrook
33 Master Teague III RB 5-11 225 Sophomore Murfreesboro, Tenn. Blackman
34 Mitch Rossi RB 6-0 245 Senior Franklin, Tenn. Franklin
36 K’Vaughan Pope LB 6-1 231 Junior Dinwiddie, Va. Dinwiddie
37 Craig Young LB 6-3 228 Sophomore Fort Wayne, Ind. Wayne H.S.
41 Tommy Eichenberg LB 6-2 238 Rs.-Freshman Cleveland, Ohio St. Ignatius
42 Bradley Robinson LS 6-1 230 Senior Troy, Mich. Athens
42 Lloyd McFarquhar CB 5-9 170 Junior Cleveland, Ohio Brush
43 Ryan Batsch SAF 6-2 200 Junior Loveland, Ohio Loveland
43 Robert Cope RB 5-9 198 Junior Dublin, Ohio Jerome
44 Ben Schmiesing LB 6-1 225 Junior Piqua, Ohio Piqua
46 Cade Kacherski LB 6-2 225 Junior Dublin, Ohio Jerome
47 Justin Hilliard LB 6-1 231 Graduate Cincinnati, Ohio St. Xavier
48 Corey Rau TE 6-4 260 Senior Katy, Texas SMU
49 Darryl Sinclair CB 5-9 180 Senior Solon, Ohio Solon
50 Nathan Brock OL 6-4 290 Senior Powell, Ohio Olentangy Liberty
51 Brett Novick DT 6-1 275 Sophomore Katonah, N.Y. John Jay
51 Trayvon Wilburn LB 5-11 222 Junior Cincinnati, Ohio Mount Healthy
52 Antwuan Jackson DT 6-2 295 Graduate Ellenwood, Ga. Cedar Grove / Blinn Junior College
52 Wyatt Davis OL 6-4 315 Junior Bellflower, Calif. St. John Bosco
54 Tyler Friday DE 6-3 265 Junior Ramsey, N.J. Don Bosco Prep
55 Matthew Jones OL 6-4 310 Sophomore Brooklyn, N.Y. Erasmus Hall
55 Jerron Cage DT 6-2 299 Junior Cincinnati, OH Winton Woods
56 Aaron Cox DL 6-3 255 Senior Mantua, Ohio Crestwood
57 Zaid Hamdan DT 5-11 265 Junior Mason, Ohio Mason
58 Luke Wypler OL 6-3 295 Freshman Montvale, N.J. St. Joseph Regional
59 Darrion Henry-Young DL 6-4 275 Freshman Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton
59 Zach Stevenson OL 6-1 295 Sophomore Lewis Center, Ohio Olentangy Orange
60 Ryan Smith OL 6-1 285 Sophomore Valley City, Ohio Buckeye H.S.
61 Gavin Cupp OL 6-4 308 Graduate Leipsic, Ohio Leipsic H.S.
62 Chris Kuhn OL 6-5 305 Junior Sandusky, Ohio St. Mary Central Catholic
64 Jack Jamieson OL 6-1 285 Junior Lakewood, Ohio St. Ignatius
65 Phillip Thomas LS 6-0 230 Senior Louisville, Ohio Louisville H.S.
66 Enokk Vimahi OL 6-4 305 Rs.-Freshman Kahuku, Hawaii Kahuku
68 Ryan Jacoby OL 6-5 310 Rs.-Freshman Mentor, Ohio Mentor
69 Trey Leroux OL 6-7 335 Freshman Norwalk, Ohio Norwalk
71 Josh Myers OC 6-5 312 Junior Miamisburg, Ohio Miamisburg
72 Tommy Togiai DT 6-2 300 Junior Pocatello, Idaho Highland
74 Max Wray OL 6-7 308 Sophomore Franklin, Tenn. Franklin
75 Thayer Munford OL 6-6 315 Senior Cincinnati, Ohio Massillon Washington
76 Harry Miller OL 6-4 315 Sophomore Buford, Ga. Buford
77 Paris Johnson Jr. OL 6-6 305 Freshman Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton
78 Nicholas Petit-Frere OT 6-5 305 Sophomore Tampa, Fla. Berkeley Prep
79 Dawand Jones OL 6-8 359 Sophomore Indianapolis, Ind. Ben Davis
80 C.J. Saunders WR 5-10 190 Graduate Dublin, Ohio Coffman
81 Jake Hausmann TE 6-4 255 Senior Cincinnati, Ohio Archbishop Moeller
82 Sam Wiglusz WR 5-11 185 Junior Brecksville, Ohio Brecksville-Broadview Heights
83 Cormontae Hamilton DL 6-2 265 Rs.-Freshman Memphis, Tenn. Whitehaven
85 Austin Kutscher WR 6-0 200 Junior Massillon, Ohio Washington
86 Chris Booker WR 6-0 185 Senior St. Louis Dayton / John Burroughs
87 Ellijah Gardiner WR 6-3 200 Junior Kemp, Texas Kemp
88 Jeremy Ruckert TE 6-5 253 Junior Lindenhurst, N.Y. Lindenhurst
89 Luke Farrell TE 6-6 258 Senior Perry, Ohio Perry H.S.
90 Jaden McKenzie DT 6-2 290 Rs.-Freshman Wake Forest, N.C. Wake Forest H.S.
90 Jack Deneher K 6-2 210 Sophomore Dover, Ohio Dover H.S.
91 Drue Chrisman P 6-3 222 Graduate Lawrenceburg, Ind. Cincinnati LaSalle H.S.
92 Haskell Garrett DT 6-2 299 Senior Las Vegas, Nev. Bishop Gorman
93 Jacolbe Cowan DL 6-4 275 Freshman Charlotte, N.C. Providence Day School
94 Roen McCullough LS 6-1 230 Junior Columbus, Ohio Worthington Kilbourne
95 Blake Haubeil K 6-3 230 Senior Buffalo, N.Y. Canisius
96 Michael O’Shaughnessy P 6-3 200 Sophomore New Albany, Ohio New Albany
97 Noah Potter DE 6-6 271 Rs.-Freshman Mentor, Ohio Mentor
Trey Sermon RB 6-0 221 Graduate Marietta, Ga. Oklahoma