Snap Counts: 59 Buckeyes See Playing Time in Ohio State's 26-6 Win over Michigan State

By Dan Hope and Matt Gutridge on November 14, 2018 at 8:35 am
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For the sixth week in a row, Ohio State needed its core players on the field for four quarters in its 26-6 win at Michigan State on Saturday.

A total of 59 players saw the field for the Buckeyes in East Lansing, one more than Ohio State played one week earlier against Nebraska, but still the third-fewest out of the Buckeyes' 10 games this season.

That said, the Buckeyes’ rotations did include a few players who weren’t on the field against the Cornhuskers, including one particularly notable addition to the game plan: Tate Martell, who saw his first playing time at quarterback since the fourth game of the season against Tulane.

Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah and defensive end Tyler Friday also returned to action against Sparty after missing the Nebraska game with injuries, but linebacker Baron Browning missed the Michigan State game with an undisclosed injury while wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith also did not play against the Spartans after seeing playing time on special teams against Nebraska.

All five starting offensive linemen played all 86 offensive snaps against Michigan State, while linebacker Malik Harrison and safety Jordan Fuller each played all 68 of Ohio State’s defensive snaps against the Spartans.

Wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, tight end Luke Farrell and safety Brendon White all played career-high snaps totals in Saturday’s game.

Let’s now take a look at each player who played against Michigan State, in what roles and how much in this week’s edition of Snap Counts.

All snap counts listed were compiled by Eleven Warriors data analyst Matt Gutridge and should be considered unofficial, as Ohio State does not make its official snap counts public. It is not always possible to see all 11 players on the field from TV broadcast angles, particularly on special teams plays, so exact special teams snap counts are not included and offensive and defensive snap counts could potentially differ from those tracked by Ohio State’s coaches.

Quarterbacks

Dwayne Haskins: 80
Tate Martell: 6

After months of teasing the possibility, Ohio State finally added a Martell package to its offense.

He checked in for one snap in the red zone in the second quarter, running for a 5-yard gain on 1st-and-goal from the 6-yard line, then returned for five snaps in Michigan State territory in the fourth quarter. (He also checked in for a 4th-and-1 play late in the third quarter, but didn’t have the opportunity to run a play due to a false start penalty). Martell’s playing time came to an end when he was unable to handle an off-target snap from Michael Jordan in the red zone, resulting in a Michigan State fumble recovery.

Martell has now played in four games this season.

Running Backs

Mike Weber: 51
J.K. Dobbins: 37
Demario McCall: Special teams only

After Dobbins took center stage in the Nebraska game, playing nearly twice as many snaps and the entirety of Ohio State’s final two drives against the Cornhuskers, the roles were reversed in East Lansing. On Saturday at Michigan State, it was Weber who started the game at running back and played the entirety of Ohio State’s final two drives, having what Urban Meyer said was “probably his best game” in the process.

Wide Receivers

Johnnie Dixon: 59
Terry McLaurin: 54
Parris Campbell: 51
K.J. Hill: 41
Binjimen Victor: 26
Chris Olave: 9
Ellijah Gardiner: Special teams only

After Victor started one game at X receiver in place of Austin Mack against Nebraska, McLaurin started at X receiver against Michigan State, with Dixon starting in place of McLaurin at Z receiver and Campbell in the slot. Victor went on to play the same number of snaps against the Spartans as he did against the Cornhuskers, but McLaurin played exclusively at X against Michigan State while Olave – who caught two passes for 41 yards against the Spartans – mixed in for some playing time at Z.

Campbell and Hill were on the field simultaneously as slot receivers for eight plays when the Buckeyes went into four-receiver sets, a change from previous weeks, when Ohio State had used C.J. Saunders in four-receiver sets as a second slot receiver opposite either Campbell or Hill.

Tight Ends

Luke Farrell: 74
Rashod Berry: 23
Jeremy Ruckert: 4
Jake Hausmann: Special teams only

Now the Buckeyes’ clear-cut No. 1 tight end, Farrell played a career-high 74 snaps on Saturday, and more than three times as many snaps as Berry for the third week in a row. He was only out of the game for 12 total offensive plays, though he was on the field with Berry simultaneously for 17 two-tight end sets and with Ruckert for one two-tight end package.

All three tight ends were on the field simultaneously for a pair of plays, and those two plays were Ohio State’s only two offensive touchdowns of the game: a 1-yard shovel pass touchdown scored by Campbell, and a 2-yard touchdown run by Weber.

Rashod Berry and Luke Farrell
Rashod Berry (13) and Luke Farrell (89) were on the field simultaneously for 19 total offensive snaps against Michigan State.
Offensive Linemen

Thayer Munford: 86
Malcolm Pridgeon: 86
Michael Jordan: 86
Demetrius Knox: 86
Isaiah Prince: 86
Wyatt Davis: 1
Joshua Alabi: Special teams only
Gavin Cupp: Special teams only
Josh Myers: Special teams only
Kevin Woidke: Special teams only

From left to right, Munford, Pridgeon, Jordan, Knox and Prince all played every one of Ohio State’s offensive snaps in Saturday’s game. Davis saw playing time as a sixth offensive lineman for the second straight week, but came into the game for just one offensive snap, a goal-line rushing attempt in the second quarter, after playing three offensive snaps against Nebraska.

Defensive Ends

Chase Young: 56
Jonathon Cooper: 37
Jashon Cornell: 17
Tyreke Smith: 13
Tyler Friday: 7

Young and Cooper started and played the majority of Ohio State’s defensive snaps at defensive end against Michigan State, per usual, with Cornell, Smith and Friday each rotating in for occasional playing time. Cornell and Smith, who have seen some snaps at defensive tackle in nickel packages in previous games, both played exclusively at defensive end against the Spartans, while Friday returned to the rotation after being sidelined with an undisclosed injury against Nebraska.

Defensive Tackles

Dre’Mont Jones: 52
Robert Landers: 32
Davon Hamilton: 20
Haskell Garrett: 14
Tommy Togiai: 10
Taron Vincent: 8

Ohio State used a similar defensive tackle rotation against Michigan State to that which it used against Nebraska. Jones played the majority of snaps at 3-technique tackle, with Garrett rotating in. Landers started and played just under half of Ohio State’s defensive snaps at nose tackle, while Hamilton and Togiai both rotated in at that spot. Vincent played a pair of snaps at 3-technique in the base defense while also playing in between Young and Jones as the nose tackle in the Buckeyes’ 3-3-5 defense.

Linebackers

Malik Harrison: 68
Pete Werner: 61
Tuf Borland: 31
Dante Booker: 7
Justin Hilliard: 6
Dallas Gant: Special teams only
Keandre Jones: Special teams only
Teradja Mitchell: Special teams only
K’Vaughan Pope: Special teams only

Harrison played every one of Ohio State’s defensive snaps at outside linebacker for the second week in a row. Werner, meanwhile, played all but seven snaps, as Booker subbed in for him on a few occasions in the Buckeyes’ base defense for the second week in a row.

With Browning sidelined, Borland played all 31 snaps at middle linebacker that Ohio State lined up in its 4-3 base defense, while Hilliard filled in for Browning at middle linebacker in the 3-3-5 defense.

Cornerbacks

Kendall Sheffield: 55
Jeffrey Okudah: 41
Damon Arnette: 40
Shaun Wade: 40
Sevyn Banks: Special teams only

With Okudah back in action after missing the Nebraska game with a groin injury, Ohio State returned to its usual three-man rotation at outside cornerback, as Sheffield and Arnette started the game but all three substituted in and out of the game.

Wade, meanwhile, played all 37 snaps at slot cornerback in the Buckeyes’ nickel packages. He played only three snaps at safety after starting at that position and playing every defensive snap against Nebraska.

Safeties

Jordan Fuller: 68
Brendon White: 65
Josh Proctor: Special teams only
Amir Riep: Special teams only
Jahsen Wint: Special teams only

Fuller played every one of Ohio State’s defensive snaps for the sixth time in 10 games this season, while White – who made his first career start at Michigan State – played all but three snaps alongside Fuller, with Wade subbing in for those three snaps.

Malik Harrison and Brendon White
Malik Harrison played every defensive snap on Saturday at Michigan State, while Brendon White played all but three snaps.
Field Goals/Extra Points

Blake Haubeil (kicker)
Drue Chrisman (holder)
Liam McCullough (long snapper)
Luke Farrell (blocker)
Joshua Alabi (blocker)
Wyatt Davis (blocker)
Josh Myers (blocker)
Davon Hamilton (blocker)
Gavin Cupp (blocker)
Kevin Woidke (blocker)
Rashod Berry (blocker)

With Sean Nuernberger still sidelined, Haubeil kicked field goals and extra points in his place for a fourth straight game. The Buckeyes made no changes to the rest of their place kicking unit.

Kickoffs

Blake Haubeil (kicker)
Teradja Mitchell (gunner)
Amir Riep (gunner)
K.J. Hill or Chris Olave (gunner)
Sevyn Banks (gunner)
Keandre Jones (gunner)
K'Vaughan Pope (gunner)
Justin Hilliard (gunner)
Jahsen Wint (gunner)
Josh Proctor (gunner)
Ellijah Gardiner (gunner)

Banks made his debut on the kickoff unit at Michigan State, while Proctor and Gardiner were promoted to full-time roles on the unit in place of Dallas Gant and Brendon White.  

Kickoff Returns

Johnnie Dixon (returner)
Demario McCall (returner/blocker)
Teradja Mitchell (blocker)
Justin Hilliard (blocker)
Jake Hausmann (blocker)
Binjimen Victor (blocker)
Brendon White (blocker)
Keandre Jones (blocker)
Dallas Gant (blocker)
Jahsen Wint (blocker)
Josh Proctor (blocker)

The Buckeyes did not actually return any of Michigan State’s four kickoffs on Saturday, but Dixon was deployed as the lead returner on each of them – including the free kick that came after the Spartans snapped the ball out of the end zone for an intentional safety – with McCall as the secondary returner. Victor returned to this unit in East Lansing in place of L’Christian “Blue” Smith, but the rest of the unit remained the same from the Nebraska game.

Punts

Drue Chrisman (punter)
Liam McCullough (long snapper)
Teradja Mitchell (upback)
Tuf Borland (upback)
Pete Werner (upback)
Malik Harrison (guard)
Justin Hilliard (guard)
Dante Booker (tackle)
Jahsen Wint or Parris Campbell (tackle)
Terry McLaurin (gunner)
Johnnie Dixon or Jeffrey Okudah or Chris Olave (gunner)

Wint was on the field for five of Ohio State’s nine punts at Michigan State, while Campbell was in the game for the other four. Dixon, Okudah and Olave all had reps as the second gunner. The rest of the punt team, all consisting of players who were also on the punt team against Nebraska, were on the field for every one of Chrisman’s nine punts on Saturday.

Punt Blocks/Returners

K.J. Hill (returner)
Damon Arnette (rusher/blocker)
Teradja Mitchell (rusher/blocker)
Amir Riep (rusher/blocker)
Sevyn Banks or Chris Olave (rusher/blocker)
Keandre Jones (rusher/blocker)
Jahsen Wint (rusher/blocker)
Shaun Wade (rusher/blocker)
Josh Proctor (rusher/blocker)
Justin Hilliard (rusher/blocker)
Dante Booker (rusher/blocker)

Arnette, Proctor and Booker were added to the punt return team against Michigan State after not playing on that unit against Nebraska, while Dallas Gant and Brendon White did not play on the punt return team against the Spartans after lining up with that unit against the Cornhuskers.

SNAP TRACKER: OFFENSE
POS PLAYER ORST RU TCU TU PSU IU MINN PUR NEB MSU TOTAL
QB DWAYNE HASKINS 68 48 84 43 79 96 77 100 75 80 750
QB TATE MARTELL 20 26 DNP 34 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 6 86
QB CHRIS CHUGUNOV DNP 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 4
RB J.K. DOBBINS 38 26 39 33 51 55 42 46 49 37 416
RB MIKE WEBER 34 26 47 12 31 43 35 56 26 51 361
RB/WR DEMARIO MCCALL 4 10 DNP 19 DNP DNP DNP ST 3 ST 36
RB MASTER TEAGUE 7 10 DNP 13 DNP DNP ST ST DNP DNP 30
RB BRIAN SNEAD 11 16 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 27
WR TERRY MCLAURIN 35 29 51 19 44 50 36 57 46 54 421
WR JOHNNIE DIXON 35 23 33 29 36 45 38 45 51 59 394
WR PARRIS CAMPBELL 36 26 35 25 40 42 34 50 39 51 378
WR K.J. HILL 22 19 35 21 32 46 36 59 36 41 347
WR AUSTIN MACK 38 31 49 36 48 63 47 34 DNP DNP 346
WR BINJIMEN VICTOR 41 25 32 13 27 31 31 58 26 26 310
WR C.J. SAUNDERS 14 14 9 29 6 6 16 5 DNP DNP 99
WR CHRIS OLAVE 18 16 ST 24 ST DNP ST ST 12 9 79
WR JAYLEN HARRIS 7 13 DNP 20 DNP DNP DNP 6 DNP DNP 46
WR JAELEN GILL DNP 6 DNP 9 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 15
WR GARYN PRATER DNP 7 DNP 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 11
WR ELLIJAH GARDINER DBP 3 DNP 4 DNP DNP ST DNP ST ST 7
WR SAM WIGLUSZ DNP 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 7
WR L'CHRISTIAN "BLUE" SMITH DNP DNP DNP 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP ST DNP 4
TE LUKE FARRELL 43 27 30 18 41 33 33 62 58 74 419
TE RASHOD BERRY 34 27 58 23 37 54 35 17 16 23 324
TE JEREMY RUCKERT 23 23 DNP 22 2 10 2 7 10 4 103
TE JAKE HAUSMANN DNP DNP DNP 9 ST 2 ST ST ST ST 11
TE DERRICK MALONE DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
TE MITCH ROSSI DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
TE TATE DUARTE DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
OL MICHAEL JORDAN 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 768
OL DEMETRIUS KNOX 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 768
OL ISAIAH PRINCE 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 768
OL MALCOLM PRIDGEON 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 768
OL THAYER MUNFORD 70 52 84 49 79 96 52 100 75 86 743
OL JOSHUA ALABI 18 26 ST 28 ST ST 25 ST ST ST 97
OL WYATT DAVIS 18 26 ST 28 ST ST ST ST 3 1 76
OL JOSH MYERS 18 26 ST 28 ST ST ST ST ST STP 72
OL NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE 18 26 DNP 28 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 72
OL GAVIN CUPP DNP 19 ST 28 ST ST ST ST ST ST 47
OL BRADY TAYLOR 18 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 25
OL KEVIN WOIDKE ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
K SEAN NUERNEBERGER ST ST ST ST ST ST DNP DNP DNP DNP ST
K BLAKE HAUBEIL ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
SNAP TRACKER: DEFENSE
POS PLAYER ORST RU TCU TU PSU IU MINN PUR NEB MSU TOTAL
DE CHASE YOUNG 28 24 51 24 76 68 55 63 68 56 513
DE JONATHON COOPER 25 22 52 24 58 46 DNP 66 68 37 398
DE JASHON CORNELL 18 9 10 21 15 20 48 17 21 17 196
DE/DT TYREKE SMITH 17 33 6 28 8 15 13 6 12 13 151
DE NICK BOSA 35 37 41 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 113
DE TYLER FRIDAY 12 18 DNP 29 2 6 4 1 DNP 7 79
DE AARON COX 3 DNP DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 5
DE NOAH DONALD 3 DNP DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 5
DT DRE'MONT JONES 33 35 67 27 75 64 52 72 64 52 541
DT DAVON HAMILTON 14 10 25 17 36 28 29 39 37 20 255
DT ROBERT LANDERS 18 25 36 DNP 29 30 16 21 41 32 248
DT HASKELL GARRETT 15 4 10 13 4 9 4 3 10 14 86
DT TOMMY TOGIAI 13 12 DNP 16 2 10 7 3 7 10 80
DT TARON VINCENT 12 14 DNP 16 DNP 3 4 DNP 6 8 63
DT ANTWUAN JACKSON 4 5 DNP 12 DNP DNP 3 DNP DNP DNP 24
DT JERRON CAGE 6 3 DNP 8 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 17
LB PETE WERNER 56 48 53 26 79 70 59 47 79 61 578
LB MALIK HARRISON 56 43 76 29 79 56 DNP 56 84 68 547
LB TUF BORLAND 9 21 39 15 36 30 39 38 64 31 322
LB BARON BROWNING 37 17 33 21 31 40 20 31 15 DNP 245
LB JUSTIN HILLIARD 9 17 ST 21 ST 9 49 3 ST 6 114
LB DANTE BOOKER 9 15 ST 27 DNP ST ST ST 5 7 63
LB KEANDRE JONES 9 12 ST 29 ST ST 1 ST ST ST 51
LB DALLAS GANT ST ST ST 8 ST ST ST ST ST ST 8
LB K'VAUGHAN POPE ST ST ST 2 ST ST ST ST ST ST 2
LB TERADJA MITCHELL ST ST DNP 2 ST ST DNP ST ST ST 2
CB KENDALL SHEFFIELD 49 31 65 20 68 60 51 73 84 55 556
CB DAMON ARNETTE 34 37 52 30 47 49 12 DNP 84 40 385
CB JEFFREY OKUDAH 42 22 38 29 43 43 55 72 DNP 41 385
CB/S SHAUN WADE 9 27 39 25 23 34 33 53 84 40 367
CB MARCUS WILLIAMSON 1 21 ST 20 ST ST DNP DNP DNP DNP 42
CB CAMERON BROWN 9 5 ST 10 ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 24
CB TYREKE JOHNSON DNP DNP ST 2 ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
CB SEVYN BANKS DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST ST ST
S JORDAN FULLER DNP 42 77 29 79 76 59 74 28 68 532
S ISAIAH PRYOR 53 34 61 42 60 35 36 73 DNP DNP 394
S JAHSEN WINT 56 26 16 22 19 33 ST ST ST ST 172
S BRENDON WHITE 9 13 ST 25 ST ST ST ST 58 65 170
S AMIR RIEP 12 11 DNP DNP ST 1 ST 2 5 ST 31
S JOSH PROCTOR ST ST DNP 2 DNP DNP ST 1 ST ST 3
MARCUS HOOKER DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST ST DNP DNP ST
P DRUE CHRISMAN ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
LS LIAM MCCULLOUGH ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
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