COLUMBUS — In his first-ever game as an Ohio State Buckeye, sophomore quarterback Justin Fields was named OSU’s offensive player of the week for his performance in the Buckeyes’ 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Fields completed 18-of-25 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards on 12 attempts.
In total, Fields accounted for five touchdowns and led Ohio State on six touchdown drives.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive end Chase Young and senior linebacker Malik Harrison shared the Buckeyes’ defensive player of the week award.
Young finished with five tackles and 1.5 sacks with a pass breakup. Harrison also tallied five tackles, but added two tackles for loss and a sack.
They were two key members of an Ohio State defense that held Florida Atlantic to negative 14 yards of total offense in the first half on Saturday.
The special teams players of the week were junior safety Isaiah Pryor for his tackles and junior running back Demario McCall for his 92 yards in returns.
Ohio State also released the Champions from Saturday.
The entire offensive line earned the honor, which may come as a surprise considering the difficulty the Buckeyes had running the ball. Not earning a Champions’ grade, however, was junior running back JK Dobbins.
His backup — redshirt freshman Master Teague — did grade out a Champion, however.
Junior tight end Jake Hausmann, senior receiver Austin Mack, and sophomore receiver Chris Olave were the other Champions on offense.
Senior defensive tackle/defensive end Jashon Cornell was named a Champion after having arguably his best game as a Buckeye. He finished with four tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
He was joined by defensive tackles Robert Landers and Davon Hamilton. The only other linebacker to earn the grade on Saturday was junior Pete Werner. Junior cornerback Jeff Okudah and senior safety Jordan Fuller were also named Champions.