Every year following Ohio State spring football we recap what happened position by position. Who stepped up, who stepped back, what got fixed, and what didn’t? With 12 of the 15 spring practices cancelled due to the pandemic, however, essentially nothing happened, nothing got fixed, nobody stepped up, and no questions got answered.
Young was a 5-star prospect out of Maryland who was ranked as the No. 7 player overall in the 2017 class and the No. 2 weakside defensive end in the nation. (Who was No. 1, you ask? Jaelan Phillips, who ended up at UCLA and posted just 4.5 sacks in two years before retiring and then unretiring and transferring to Miami last year.)
Ohio State went into Ann Arbor on Saturday and beat Michigan for an eighth-consecutive year. It was their 15th win in 16 games, and 17th win in the last 19 meetings. Some would call it ‘old hat,’ but if the new hat fits so great and looks so good every year, it’s okay to admire it for its individual beauty. There is no reason to just toss it on your pile of other hats.
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior Jonathon Cooper, who has battled an ankle injury since fall camp, has opted to sit the rest of the season and redshirt with an eye toward returning to full strength for his fifth-and-final season as a Buckeye in 2020. Cooper missed the first four games this season, then returned to play in three games, then missed two games, then played last week against Rutgers. He is now at his four-game limit, so a decision had to be made about the rest of the season. For now, that decision is to redshirt.
Ohio State All-American defensive end Chase Young won’t play in tomorrow’s game at Rutgers. That is not news, as his two-game suspension was already announced earlier in the week. This weekend’s contest will be his second and final missed game. Young will then be back for next weekend’s tilt against Penn State.
Junior LT Thayer Munford is off the injury report and officially good to go. That means that the starting five of Munford, Jonah Jackson, Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis, and Branden Bowen is back.
Ohio State may be without two key starters in tomorrow’s game against the Wisconsin Badgers. The Buckeyes have released their availability report for Saturday and senior defensive end Jonathon Cooper and senior wide receiver Austin Mack are both listed as game-time decisions. Both players dealt with injuries in camp, but both have also been able…
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley met with reporters on Monday, as did senior safety Jordan Fuller and redshirt sophomore center Josh Myers. Hafley talked about what his defense did in the off week and how they still have plenty to fix. Fuller and Myers also answered plenty of questions from the assembled reporters.
Jonathon Cooper had big plans for his senior season. The Ohio State senior defensive end came to Ohio State with big expectations and he was focused on living up to every last one of them this year. Late in fall camp during an inside drill, however, he had his right leg rolled up on. Cooper walked it off…