Ohio State has announced the Players of the Game from the Michigan game, as well as all of the players who graded out as Champions, and it’s a good thing the internet exists because the list may actually be too long for print.
The Player of the Game on offense was senior H-back Parris Campbell, who had six catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard jet sweep down the right sideline that evoked memories of Ted Ginn’s 2004 punt return.
The defensive Player of the Game was junior linebacker Malik Harrison. Harrison tallied seven tackles, with two tackles for loss and a sack. He was in the backfield throughout the game and helped to keep the Michigan offense from getting out of hand.
On special teams, the award was split between three players — junior linebackers Justin Hilliard and Keandre Jones, and freshman wide receiver Chris Olave. Hilliard and Jones were both solid in all of their special teams duties. Olave got the punt block that gave the Buckeyes their two-touchdown lead.
Where was freshman cornerback Sevyn Banks who actually returned the block for a touchdown? Meyer said on Sunday that Banks received a gift when the ball popped up in the air right to him.
Joining Harrison as Champions for the defense were starting defensive ends Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper, nose tackles Robert Landers and Davon Hamilton, linebacker Tuf Borland, safety Brendon White, and cornerback Jeff Okudah.
Borland led the team with 10 tackles and White returned an interception 49 yards deep into Michigan territory late in the game. Landers and Hamilton were a nuisance in the middle of the Wolverine offensive line all day long.
Offensively for the Buckeyes, it would simply be quicker to tell you who didn’t grade out a Champion, and that would be Binjimen Victor and Rashod Berry.
If you are one of those people who like to read out loud, take a deep breath.
Grading out as Champions on offense along with Parris Campbell were the entire offensive line, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, running backs Mike Weber and JK Dobbins, tight end Luke Farrell, and receivers Chris Olave, Johnnie Dixon, KJ Hill, and Terry McLaurin.
The offensive line didn’t allow Haskins to get touched in the backfield. They played like a security detail with a very exclusive list of people who had access to their quarterback, and Michigan’s defense was not on it.
Weber was again instrumental in closing out a game for the Buckeyes, rushing for 96 yards on just 13 carries. Hill proved an impossible guard over the middle for Michigan and Olave’s two first-half touchdowns sparked an offensive explosion that would still be going on if not for the 60-minute time limit.