Freshman Tracker: Tyreke Smith and Tommy Togiai Make Tackles As the 2018 Class Finishes Its Freshman Campaign

By Matt Gutridge on January 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Tyreke Smith puts pressure on Washington's Jake Browning

Tyreke Smith pressures Jake Browning

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Defensive linemen Tyreke Smith and Tommy Togiai etched their names into the Rose Bowl stat book by recording tackles. Togiai had a solo tackle and Smith's was assisted. Receiver Chris Olave led all freshmen with 26 offensive snaps but did not have a reception in Ohio State's 28-23 victory over Washington.

Olave finished the 2018 season with 11 catches for 187 yards, three touchdowns, two tackles and a blocked punt. Jeremy Ruckert had eight snaps against the Huskies at tight end. He had one catch for 13 yards this season.

Against Washington, Taron Vincent logged 19 snaps at defensive tackle to lead the Buckeye defensive freshmen. Other true freshmen to get defensive snaps were Togiai (12), Smith (7) and Tyler Friday (2).

Six players helped out on special teams in the Rose Bowl. Sevyn Banks, Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell, Josh Proctor and Master Teague joined Olave on the specialty units.

In all, 22 freshmen saw playing time this season, with 13 – Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown, Friday, Gant, Mitchell, Olave, Pope, Proctor, Ruckert, T. Smith, Teague, Togiai and Vincent – ineligible for redshirts after appearing in more than four games.

Of the 25 freshman, 12 – Kamryn Babb, Matthew Baldwin, Jaelen Gill, Marcus Hooker, Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Tyreke Johnson, Matthew Jones, Nicholas Petit-Frere, L'Christian "Blue" Smith, Brian Snead, Alex Williams and Max Wray – are eligible for a redshirt.

The 2018 class closes the final chapter of its freshman season with Ohio State's eighth Rose Bowl title.

CLASS OF 2018 TRACKER
NAME POS DEBUT WASHINGTON STATS GP SEASON STATS
KAMRYN BABB WR        
MATTHEW BALDWIN QB        
SEVYN BANKS DB Nebraska ST snaps 6 1 punt return, 33 yards, 1 TD, 1 tackle
CAMERON BROWN DB Tulane   5 1 tackle
TYLER FRIDAY DE Oregon State 2 snaps at DE 11 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1TFL
DALLAS GANT LB Oregon State ST snaps 14 6 tackles
JAELEN GILL HB Rutgers   2 1 catch, 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 12  
CHRIS OLAVE WR Oregon State 26 snaps at WR, ST snaps  14 11 catches, 187 yards, 3 TDs, 2 tackles, blocked punt
NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE OL Oregon State   3  
K'VAUGHAN POPE LB Oregon State   11 1 tackle
JOSH PROCTOR S Oregon State ST snaps 11 1 tackle
JEREMY RUCKERT TE Oregon State 8 snaps at TE 12 1 catch, 13 yards
L'CHRISTIAN "BLUE" SMITH WR Tulane   3  
TYREKE SMITH DE Oregon State 1 tackle 7 snaps at DL 14 9 tackles
BRIAN SNEAD RB Oregon State   2 11 rushes, 37 yards, 1 TD
MASTER TEAGUE III RB Oregon State ST snaps 7 17 rushes, 106 yards, 1 TD, 1 tackle
TOMMY TOGIAI DT Oregon State 1 tackle, 12 snaps at DT 12 10 tackles, 1 TFL
TARON VINCENT DT Oregon State 19 snaps at DT 10 3 tackles, 1 sack
ALEX WILLIAMS DE Oregon State   2  
MAX WRAY OL        
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