Sevyn Banks made his season debut on special teams and 10 other true freshmen saw their way onto the field for Ohio State in the Buckeyes' 36-31 victory over two-win Nebraska.
WR Chris Olave (12 snaps) and TE Jeremy Ruckert (10) combined for 22 offensive snaps, but neither recorded a reception. However, Olave did make a solo tackle on special teams.
On the defensive side, DE Tyreke Smith (9), DT Tommy Togiai (7) and DT Taron Vincent (6) combined for 23 plays. Togiai made the most of his limited action by recording 2 assisted tackles. Smith also made the stat sheet with an assist on a tackle.
Seven players helped out on special teams during the noon banger. Josh Proctor and Olave recorded solo tackles and Dallas Gant assisted on a stop for the specialty units. Teradja Mitchell, K'Vaughan Pope, L'Christian "Blue" Smith and Banks were the other freshmen to earn playing time on special teams. This was the first game action for Smith since he played against Tulane in the fourth week of the season.
In all, 22 freshmen have seen playing time this season, with 12 – Friday, Gant, Antwuan Jackson, Mitchell, Olave, Pope, Proctor, Ruckert, T. Smith, Master Teague, Togiai and Vincent – ineligible for redshirts as they've appeared in more than four games.
|NAME||POS||DEBUT||NEBRASKA STATS||GP||SEASON STATS|
|SEVYN BANKS||DB||Nebraska||ST snaps||1|
|CAMERON BROWN||DB||Tulane||1||1 tackle|
|TYLER FRIDAY||DE||Oregon State||7||3 tackles, 1 sack, 1TFL|
|DALLAS GANT||LB||Oregon State||1 tackle, ST snaps||9||6 tackles|
|JAELEN GILL||HB||Rutgers||2||1 catch for 11 yards|
|MARCUS HOOKER||DB||Minnesota||2||1 tackle|
|JAVONTAE JEAN-BAPTISTE||DE||Oregon State||2|
|TYREKE JOHNSON||CB||Penn State||3|
|MATTHEW JONES||OL||Penn State||1|
|TERADJA MITCHELL||LB||Oregon State||ST snaps||7|
|CHRIS OLAVE||WR||Oregon State||1 solo tackle, 12 snaps at WR, ST snaps||9||2 catches for 19 yards, 2 tackles|
|NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE||OL||Oregon State||3|
|K'VAUGHAN POPE||LB||Oregon State||ST snaps||9|
|JOSH PROCTOR||S||Oregon State||1 solo tackle, ST snaps||6||1 tackle|
|JEREMY RUCKERT||TE||Oregon State||10 snaps at TE||8||1 catch, 13 yards|
|L'CHRISTIAN "BLUE" SMITH||WR||Tulane||ST snaps||2|
|TYREKE SMITH||DE||Oregon State||1 tackle 9 snaps at DE||9||6 tackles|
|BRIAN SNEAD||RB||Oregon State||2||11 rushes, 37 yards, 1 TD|
|MASTER TEAGUE III||RB||Oregon State||5||17 rushes, 106 yards, 1 TD|
|TOMMY TOGIAI||DT||Oregon State||2 tackles, 7 snaps at DT||8||8 tackles|
|TARON VINCENT||DT||Oregon State||6 snaps at DT||6||2 tackles|
|ALEX WILLIAMS||DE||Oregon State||2|