Freshman Tracker: Shutout Win of Rutgers Gives Ample Opportunity for Freshmen to Get More Playing Time

By Vico on September 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm
Chase Young against Rutgers

Ohio State shut out Rutgers, 56-0, in High Points Stadium tonight and several freshmen were important reasons why.

J.K. Dobbins did not have the kind of game we're accustomed to seeing of the true freshman tailback. He started the game but did not have an eventful first drive. Mike Weber got most of the glory on the ground, including three touchdowns, before the game was effectively decided and Dobbins' services were no longer required. Dobbins finished with 53 yards on just six carries.

Chase Young had an important moment on a TFL when he drove backup quarterback Johnathan Lewis to the turf for a two-yard loss. Lewis was shaken up on the play and would not finish the game. That decision to hold Lewis from the game after Chase Young's TFL seemed more precautionary as Lewis promises to be an important part of Rutgers' future and the game was already well from Rutgers' reach.

Elsewhere, freshmen made important contributions on defense and special teams. Pete Werner had two tackles. Baron Browning, who made his debut in the season-opener in Bloomington, had three tackles on the game.

Ohio State next plays Maryland at 4 p.m. next Saturday on FOX.

Class of 2017 Tracker THROUGH WEEK 5
Amir Riep DB Indiana 1 tackle 5 tackles
Baron Browning LB Indiana 3 total tackles 7 tackles
Blake Haubeil K Indiana 9 kickoffs 1 tackle
Brendon White DB UNLV 1 tackle 1 tackle
Chase Young DL Indiana 3 tackles, 1 TFL 6.5 tackles
Ellijah Gardiner WR      
Haskell Garrett DL Indiana 2 total tackles 2 tackles
Isaiah Pryor DB Oklahoma Game Participation 4 tackles
J.K. Dobbins RB Indiana  6/53 yards 75 carries, 573 yards, 3 TD; 3 rec, 23 yards
Jaylen Harris WR UNLV Game Participation 2 catches, 29 yards
Jeffrey Okudah DB Indiana 1 assisted tackle 2 tackles
Jerron Cage DL      
Josh Myers OL      
Marcus Williamson DB UNLV Game participation  
Pete Werner LB UNLV 2 tackles 5 tackles
Shaun Wade DB      
Tate Martell QB      
Thayer Munford OL Army Game Participation  
Trevon Grimes WR Army   3 reception, 20 yards
Wyatt Davis OL      
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