Freshman Tracker: The 2019 Class Finishes Its Freshman Campaign in the Fiesta Bowl

By Matt Gutridge on December 30, 2019 at 12:50 pm
Garrett Wilson
Garrett Wilson

The 2019 season came to a bitter end in Phoenix Saturday night, marking the last game of the season for the six true freshmen who played in the 29-23 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson.

Garrett Wilson continued to be the top offensive player of the 2019 class. Against the Tigers, he hauled in four catches for 47 yards with his first catch the most impressive of the bunch.

During the Buckeyes opening drive of the game, Wilson made an incredible grab in which he went up and used his hand to make sure he came down in bounds. His effort resulted in a 21-yard gain and led to Ohio State's opening field goal of the game.

In all, Wilson was on the field for 35 offensive snaps and had two punt returns for three yards. For the season, he played 450 offensive snaps, had 30 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns.

Zach Harrison was the top defensive player of this season's freshman class, and his efforts earned him the starting spot opposite Chase Young in the Fiesta Bowl. Harrison played 25 snaps and recorded two tackles on Saturday night. Of his 25 snaps, 23 were at defensive end and two were at defensive tackle. 

For the season, Harrison played 284 snaps recorded 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and had 3.5 sacks. The ceiling is very high for the Central Ohio native.

The other freshmen to see the field in Phoenix were WR Jameson Williams, OL Dawand Jones, OL Harry Miller and LB Tommy Eichenberg. Williams was used on the kick off coverage and punt return teams, Jones and Miller saw action as blockers for the field goal unit and Eichenberg was a coverage player for kickoffs. 

Under the NCAA's redshirt rules, a player can appear in up to four games at any point throughout the season and still count it as his redshirt year. In all, 14 freshmen saw playing time this season. Marcus Crowley, Harrison, Jones, Miller, Williams, Wilson and Craig Young are ineligible for redshirts since they played in more than four games this season.

Of the 17 freshmen, 10 – Steele Chambers, Tommy Eichenberg, Cormontae Hamilton, Ronnie Hickman, Ryan Jacoby, Jaden McKenzie, Noah Potter, Bryson Shaw, Cade Stover and Enokk Vimahi – are eligible for a redshirt.  

The 2019 class closes its freshman season with a 13–1 record.

ZACH HARRISON DE FAU 2 tackles 14 24 tackles, 5 TFL, 3.5 sacks
JAMESON WILLIAMS WR FAU Special teams only 14 6 catches, 112 yards, TD
2 tackles
GARRETT WILSON WR FAU 4 catches, 47 yards
2 punt returns, 3 yards
14 30 catches, 432 yards, 5 TD
14 punt returns, 86 yards
HARRY MILLER OL FAU Special teams only 13 181 offensive snaps
DAWAND JONES OL UC Special teams only 10 90 offensive snaps
CRAIG YOUNG LB FAU   10 5 tackles
MARCUS CROWLEY RB FAU   7 25 rushes, 237 yards, TD
1 catch, 7 yards, TD
STEELE CHAMBERS RB UC   4 19 rushes, 135 yards, TD
TOMMY EICHENBERG LB MIAMI Special teams only 4 5 defensive snaps
NOAH POTTER DE FAU   4 2 tackles
CADE STOVER DE/LB UC   4 3 tackles
BRYSON SHAW S MIAMI   3 2 tackles
ENOKK VIMAHI OL MD   3 62 offensive snaps
JADEN McKENZIE DT MIAMI   2 11 defensive snaps
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