The status of one of Ohio State’s key offensive playmakers remains unclear heading into Saturday’s primetime showdown against No. 9 Nebraska.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell is questionable with a high ankle sprain, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said Monday at his weekly press conference. Campbell suffered the injury — Meyer declared it a high ankle sprain — during the second half of Saturday’s 24-20 victory over Northwestern.
“It’s better than we thought,” Meyer said.
Campbell was carted off the field after he was rolled up on from behind on a play against the Wildcats. He did not return and Meyer was unclear of his status directly after the game.
A starting wide receiver and a key member of Ohio State’s special teams, Campbell has 10 catches for 96 yards this season for the Buckeyes and three carries for 32 yards and one touchdown. He’s also Ohio State’s kick returner and had a 91-yard return in the Buckeyes’ win against Indiana earlier this season.
In Saturday’s victory over Northwestern, Campbell had one catch for 15 yards and two carries for 27 yards.
“He’s a very valuable player to our team,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett said of Campbell. “I think he does a lot for us, especially on special teams, and I think somebody is going to have to step up and fill that role. He’s definitely a valuable player to our team.”
If Campbell can’t play, Terry McLaurin and James Clark would be the likely candidates to take his spot. Meyer also said true freshman Binjimen Victor “has been so close, we’ve just got to get him pushing through the hump.”
No. 6 Ohio State hosts ninth-ranked Nebraska at 8 p.m. Saturday.