Six games into the 2019 Ohio State football season it’s starting to get a lot easier to figure out which freshmen will likely redshirt and which will use a year of eligibility.
First, the gimmes: DE Zach Harrison, WR Garrett Wilson, OC Harry Miller, RB Marcus Crowley, and LB Craig Young have all officially used a year of eligibility.
Saturday night, WR Jameson Williams also appeared on special teams, marking his fifth game. He, too, will use a year of eligibility this fall.
Just as a reminder, according to NCAA rules that went into place before the 2018 season, players can participate in up to four games in one season and still take a redshirt.
That means that as soon as a player appears in his fifth game of the year, he has officially used up a year of eligibility.
While the “five-game rule” is hard-and-fast, the publicly-available information on which players have played in a game is not.
Each game’s final stat packet includes a “participation report” which ostensibly lists every player who has appeared in the game. However, it’s far from an exact science.
There are frequent (unintentional) omissions, especially for guys appearing solely on special teams. This week, neither Jameson Williams, Craig Young, nor Marcus Crowley was listed, despite being frequent members of kicking units.
But check the photo at the top of this article. It’s from a kickoff in the fourth quarter and Williams is out there (No. 6), but Young and Crowley aren’t.
Last week, Young wasn’t on the participation report, but could clearly be seen on TV on kick coverage.
We can often confirm a player’s participation via the broadcast, but a quick scan through didn’t reveal either Young or Crowley against MSU. If we find them (or any other freshmen), we will update this.
A quick run through the rest of the class:
RB Steele Chambers has appeared in three games, meaning that the coaching staff is getting close to a decision point for him.
DE Noah Potter, LB Cade Stover, and OL Dawand Jones have all played in two games. SAF Bryson Shaw, DT Jaden McKenzie, and LB Tommy Eichenberg have appeared once.
Four freshmen have yet to see the field. SAF Ronnie Hickman is still out with an injury. TE Cormontae Hamilton, and OL Ryan Jacoby and Enokk Vimahi have not appeared in a game yet, either.
All data below comes directly from the participation reports published by OSU, but again, those aren’t always infallible.