The Ohio State football team is just two weeks away from the start of the regular season.
But when the Buckeyes kick off against Oregon State on September 1, several members of the team may miss the game due to injuries.
Acting head coach Ryan Day provided a position-by-position breakdown of the team, including a look at who has been hampered by injuries.
True freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin is still recovering from an ACL injury he suffered during the Texas state championship game last fall.
According to Day, Baldwin “won’t be 100 percent for another couple of weeks.”
That would leave his status for the season opener up in the air.
True freshman wide receiver Kamryn Babb suffered a knee injury during offseason drills earlier this summer.
Day didn’t provide an exact timetable, but said Babb “is on pace for a full recovery and is working daily with sports medicine on his rehab.”
Neither Baldwin nor Babb was projected to play much this fall, but tight end Jake Hausmann was.
Hausmann is one of the players in the running to replace Marcus Baugh at the position. Hausmann missed a few practices after suffering a hamstring injury, but he is apparently now back and practicing.
Defensive lineman Malik Barrow was listed as injured on the official depth chart released by the program at the start of fall camp. Barrow suffered a knee injury against UNLV in September 2017. There was no update provided on his condition.
Linebacker Tuf Borland continues to recover from an Achilles injury. He was out on the field when the media watched practice on August 7, but it’s not yet clear whether he’ll be ready to play against Oregon State.
If not, Baron Browning and Justin Hilliard are currently battling for the starting job at Borland’s MIKE linebacker position.
Sophomore CB Jeffrey Okudah missed spring practice after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
According to Day’s statement, “Okudah is coming along well.”
He was practicing with the team on August 7 and should be full-go for the season opener.