Snap Counts: Three Offensive Linemen, Dwayne Haskins and Malik Harrison Lead Ohio State in 2018 Snaps After Playing Full Games in Rose Bowl

By Dan Hope and Matt Gutridge on January 4, 2019 at 8:35 am
Malik Harrison played the most defensive snaps of any Ohio State player this season.
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There weren’t any major surprises in terms of who saw the most playing time for Ohio State in the season-ending Rose Bowl against Washington on Tuesday.

Even though the Buckeyes had a month between their penultimate game – the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern – and Tuesday’s season finale in Pasadena, which they won by a score of 28-23, they didn’t make any drastic changes to their lineup.

Joshua Alabi filled in at left tackle and Wyatt Davis filled in at right guard for Thayer Munford and Demetrius Knox, who missed the Rose Bowl due to injuries, but otherwise, the Buckeyes’ lineups and rotation looked essentially the same as they did in the Big Ten Championship Game and during the regular season.

Dwayne Haskins and all five offensive linemen each played every offensive snap of the Rose Bowl; as a result, Haskins and the three regular starters up front who were not hurt – left guard Malcolm Pridgeon, center Michael Jordan and right tackle Isaiah Prince – finished the season as the Buckeyes’ top four players in snaps played this season, with all four well surpassing 1,000 total snaps for the year.

Linebacker Malik Harrison and safety Jordan Fuller, meanwhile, played every snap on defense in the Rose Bowl, and they in turn finished as the Buckeyes’ top two players in snaps played on that side of the ball for the season.

In total, 59 Buckeyes played in the Rose Bowl – one more than played in the Big Ten Championship, with freshman defensive end Tyler Friday and senior offensive lineman Brady Taylor being the only Buckeyes who played against Washington that did not play against Northwestern, while Munford did not play against the Huskies.

We take a look at how many snaps each of those Buckeyes played in Pasadena, followed by a look at the total snaps (in chart form) that every Buckeye played this year, in our final edition of Snap Counts for the 2018 season.

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: 72

For the eighth time in 14 games this season, Haskins played every snap of the Rose Bowl for Ohio State at quarterback. In what could be his final game as a Buckeye, Haskins completed 25 of 37 passing attempts for 251 yards and three touchdowns to earn Rose Bowl offensive player of the game honors.

Running Backs

J.K. Dobbins: 34
Mike Weber: 30
Demario McCall: 10

While Dobbins and Weber played a nearly even share of snaps in Weber’s final game as a Buckeye, McCall also played double-digit snaps for just the fourth time all year. McCall checked into the lineup primarily in third-and-long situations, sometimes lining up in the backfield and sometimes splitting out as a receiver, marking the first time all year that Ohio State regularly used a situational third-down back – and perhaps setting the stage for McCall to see even more playing time in 2019.

Wide Receivers

Parris Campbell: 44
Terry McLaurin: 42
Johnnie Dixon: 40
K.J. Hill: 38
Binjimen Victor: 27
Chris Olave: 26
Ellijah Gardiner: Special teams only
C.J. Saunders: Special teams only

Ohio State stuck with its usual six-man wide receiver rotation against Washington – McLaurin and Victor at X receiver, Dixon and Olave at Z receiver and Campbell and Hill in the slot – with McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell, the Buckeyes’ three fifth-year seniors, playing the largest share of snaps.

As they did for the last two months of the season, Campbell and Hill continued to play together in four-receiver sets; in total, the Buckeyes played them together for 13 plays against the Huskies. Olave also played the highest snap count of his debut season, potentially setting him up to play a leading role in the receiving corps as a sophomore in 2019.

Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon
Terry McLaurin (83), Parris Campbell (21) and Johnnie Dixon (1) played the most snaps among wide receivers in their final game as Buckeyes.
Tight Ends

Luke Farrell: 37
Rashod Berry: 24
Jeremy Ruckert: 8
Jake Hausmann: Special teams only

As was the case in all of Ohio State’s final seven games of the season, Farrell played the majority of snaps at tight end in the Rose Bowl, while Berry came in off the bench for his share of playing time and Ruckert also saw occasional snaps as the third tight end. Berry and Farrell were on the field simultaneously for seven two-tight end sets, while all three tight ends were on the field together for one play – a play that resulted in a touchdown pass to Berry.

Offensive Linemen

Joshua Alabi: 72
Malcolm Pridgeon: 72
Michael Jordan: 72
Isaiah Prince: 72
Wyatt Davis: 71
Brady Taylor: 1
Gavin Cupp: Special teams only
Josh Myers: Special teams only
Kevin Woidke: Special teams only

With Thayer Munford sidelined by injury, Alabi made his first career start for the Buckeyes and played all 72 snaps at left tackle.

Davis, meanwhile, started his second game to conclude the season at right guard in place of Demetrius Knox, who was also sidelined by injury. Davis played every offensive snap except the final snap of the game, when fifth-year senior Brady Taylor checked into the game in his place for the ceremonial kneel down in victory formation.

Pridgeon, Jordan and Prince, meanwhile, completed the season having started every game and played every meaningful snap for the Buckeyes this year (each played 1,102 snaps for the season) at their respective positions of left guard, center and right tackle.

Defensive Ends

Chase Young: 82
Jonathon Cooper: 60
Jashon Cornell: 22
Tyreke Smith: 11
Tyler Friday: 2

Young played his season- and career-high snap count in the Rose Bowl, as he played all but 15 of the Buckeyes’ 97 defensive snaps against Washington. As he did in eight of the Buckeyes’ last 10 games this season, Young played more snaps than any other defensive end against the Huskies.

Cooper also played a majority of the defensive snaps in the Rose Bowl, as he did in nine of the Buckeyes’ last 10 games, while Cornell rotated in for his second-highest snap count of the season. Smith rotated in for nine snaps at defensive end and a pair of snaps at defensive tackle, making him the only true freshman to play on either offense or defense in every game this season, while Friday rotated in for a pair of snaps late in the first quarter.

Chase Young
Chase Young capped off his sophomore season by playing a career-high 82 snaps in the Rose Bowl.
Defensive Tackles

Dre’Mont Jones: 84
Robert Landers: 43
Davon Hamilton: 27
Taron Vincent: 19
Tommy Togiai: 12
Haskell Garrett: 9

Jones played his career-high for single-game snaps in his final game as a Buckeye, participating in all but 13 of the Buckeyes’ 97 defensive snaps. In addition to playing the vast majority of snaps at the 3-technique defensive tackle position in the Buckeyes’ 4-3 base defense, Jones also lined up at defensive end for 18 snaps in three-man fronts.

Landers and Hamilton led the rotation at nose tackle as they did all season, with Landers playing a season-high 43 snaps in the Rose Bowl, though Togiai also played his highest snap count since the fourth game of the season against Tulane.

Vincent played the highest snap count of his true freshman season in the Rose Bowl, playing 14 snaps as a nose tackle in the Buckeyes’ 3-3-5 defense, while also playing five snaps in place of Jones in four-man fronts. Garrett also rotated in for eight snaps at the 3-technique spot and one snap with Jones, Landers, Hamilton and Garrett all on the field together in goal-line defense.

Linebackers

Malik Harrison: 97
Pete Werner: 80
Tuf Borland: 51
Baron Browning: 29
Dante Booker: Special teams only
​Dallas Gant: Special teams only
Justin Hilliard: Special teams only
Keandre Jones: Special teams only
Teradja Mitchell: Special teams only

Harrison played every one of Ohio State’s defensive snaps for the sixth game in a row to wrap up the season, playing a career-high 97 snaps in the Rose Bowl. Werner also played a career-high number of snaps against the Huskies, playing every snap at the other outside linebacker spot in the 4-3 defense while also playing a majority of the snaps in nickel packages.

Browning played his highest snap count of the Buckeyes’ final six games in the Rose Bowl, rotating in at the middle linebacker spot in the 3-3-5 defense while also seeing a few additional snaps in the 4-3 base defense and in two-linebacker nickel packages. Borland played at least 50 snaps for the fourth straight game to conclude the season, seeing occasional playing time in nickel packages while playing the majority of snaps at middle linebacker in the base defense.

Cornerbacks

Kendall Sheffield: 73
Damon Arnette: 66
Jeffrey Okudah: 55
Shaun Wade: 51
Sevyn Banks: Special teams only

Ohio State stuck with the same cornerback rotation it has used all season in the Rose Bowl, with Sheffield, Arnette and Okudah all rotating regularly at the outside cornerback spots, while Wade played the entire game at slot cornerback, checking in for more than half the Buckeyes’ defensive snaps as they utilized the nickel defense regularly.

Safeties

Jordan Fuller: 97
Brendon White: 96
Josh Proctor: Special teams only
Isaiah Pryor: Special teams only
Amir Riep: Special teams only
Jahsen Wint: Special teams only

The Buckeyes made no substitutions at safety in the Rose Bowl. Fuller played every defensive snap for the 10th time in 14 games this season, while White played every snap except for the one on which the Buckeyes deployed their goal-line defense. Both safeties played career-high snap counts in the process.

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)

The Buckeyes made no changes to the place kicking unit they’ve been using all season in the Rose Bowl. Even with both Alabi and Davis in the starting lineup on the offensive line, both continued to take the field for extra points against Washington, as the Buckeyes did not want to break from continuity at the end of the season.

Kickoffs

Blake Haubeil (kicker)
Teradja Mitchell (gunner)
Keandre Jones (gunner)
Jahsen Wint (gunner)
Amir Riep (gunner)
Baron Browning (gunner)
Ellijah Gardner (gunner)
Isaiah Pryor (gunner)
K.J. Hill or Chris Olave (gunner)
Justin Hilliard (gunner)
Josh Proctor (gunner)

Ohio State used the same personnel on its kickoff unit in the Rose Bowl as it had in each of its previous two games against Michigan and against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Kickoff Returns

Demario McCall (returner)
C.J. Saunders (returner/blocker)
Teradja Mitchell (blocker)
Justin Hilliard (blocker)
Jake Hausmann (blocker)
Amir Riep (blocker)
Keandre Jones (blocker)
Dallas Gant (blocker)
Jahsen Wint (blocker)
Josh Proctor (blocker)
Dante Booker (blocker)

Ohio State used the same lineup for kickoff returns in the Rose Bowl as it did in the Big Ten Championship Game, though neither McCall nor Saunders actually returned any kickoffs against Washington.

Punts

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

In a slight change from previous weeks, Ohio State used a three-gunner formation on several of its punts against Washington, with Pryor splitting out as a gunner on those plays, but lining up as a tackle on others – while Campbell also checked into the lineup in Pryor’s place on two punts. Otherwise, the Buckeyes used the same personnel on their punting unit as they have used in previous weeks, with Werner lining up in various alignments depending on the punting formation.

Punt Blocks/Returns

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

Arnette returned to the punt block/return unit in the Rose Bowl, replacing Isaiah Pryor. Otherwise, the Buckeyes used the same personnel on this unit that they used against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game.

SNAP TRACKER: OFFENSE
POS PLAYER ORST RU TCU TU PSU IU MINN PUR NEB MSU MD UM NW UW TOTAL
QB DWAYNE HASKINS 68 48 84 43 79 96 77 100 75 80 101 67 89 72 1079
QB TATE MARTELL 20 26 DNP 34 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 6 1 4 DNP DNP 91
QB CHRIS CHUGUNOV DNP 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 4
RB J.K. DOBBINS 38 26 39 33 51 55 42 46 49 37 89 31 58 34 628
RB MIKE WEBER 34 26 47 12 31 43 35 56 26 51 DNP 40 31 30 462
RB DEMARIO MCCALL 4 10 DNP 19 DNP DNP DNP ST 3 ST 13 2 2 10 63
RB MASTER TEAGUE 7 10 DNP 13 DNP DNP ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 30
RB BRIAN SNEAD 11 16 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 27
WR JOHNNIE DIXON 35 23 33 29 36 45 38 46 51 59 66 49 63 40 612
WR TERRY MCLAURIN 35 29 51 19 44 50 36 57 46 54 47 40 48 42 598
WR PARRIS CAMPBELL 36 26 35 25 40 42 34 50 39 51 62 38 36 44 558
WR K.J. HILL 22 19 35 21 32 46 36 59 36 41 60 35 59 38 539
WR BINJIMEN VICTOR 41 25 32 13 27 31 31 58 26 26 49 29 39 27 454
WR AUSTIN MACK 38 31 49 36 48 63 47 34 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 346
WR CHRIS OLAVE 18 16 ST 24 ST DNP ST ST 12 9 23 17 24 26 169
WR C.J. SAUNDERS 14 14 9 29 6 6 16 5 DNP DNP ST ST ST ST 99
WR JAYLEN HARRIS 7 13 DNP 20 DNP DNP DNP 6 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 46
WR JAELEN GILL DNP 6 DNP 9 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 15
WR GARYN PRATER DNP 7 DNP 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 11
WR ELLIJAH GARDINER DNP 3 DNP 4 DNP DNP ST DNP ST ST ST ST ST ST 7
WR SAM WIGLUSZ DNP 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 7
WR L'CHRISTIAN "BLUE" SMITH DNP DNP DNP 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP ST DNP DNP 1 DNP DNP 5
TE LUKE FARRELL 43 27 30 18 41 33 33 62 58 74 75 52 57 37 640
TE RASHOD BERRY 34 27 58 23 37 54 35 17 16 23 19 11 25 24 403
TE JEREMY RUCKERT 23 23 DNP 22 2 10 2 7 10 4 5 10 3 8 129
TE JAKE HAUSMANN DNP DNP DNP 9 ST 2 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST 11
TE DERRICK MALONE DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
TE MITCH ROSSI DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
TE TATE DUARTE DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
OL MICHAEL JORDAN 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 102 71 89 72 1102
OL ISAIAH PRINCE 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 102 71 89 72 1102
OL MALCOLM PRIDGEON 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 102 71 89 72 1102
OL DEMETRIUS KNOX 70 52 84 49 79 96 77 100 75 86 102 67 DNP DNP 937
OL THAYER MUNFORD 70 52 84 49 79 96 52 100 75 86 17 71 89 DNP 920
OL JOSHUA ALABI 18 26 ST 28 ST ST 25 ST ST ST 85 ST ST 72 254
OL WYATT DAVIS 18 26 ST 28 ST ST ST ST 3 1 2 4 89 71 242
OL JOSH MYERS 18 26 ST 28 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST 72
OL NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE 18 26 DNP 28 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 72
OL GAVIN CUPP DNP 19 ST 28 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST 47
OL BRADY TAYLOR 18 7 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1 26
OL KEVIN WOIDKE ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
K BLAKE HAUBEIL ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
K SEAN NUERNBERGER ST ST ST ST ST ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST
SNAP TRACKER: DEFENSE
POS PLAYER ORST RU TCU TU PSU IU MINN PUR NEB MSU MD UM NW UW TOTAL
DE CHASE YOUNG 28 24 51 24 76 68 55 63 68 56 58 72 59 82 784
DE JONATHON COOPER 25 22 52 24 58 46 DNP 66 68 37 53 65 56 60 632
DE JASHON CORNELL 18 9 10 21 15 20 48 17 21 17 14 14 16 22 262
DE TYREKE SMITH 17 33 6 28 8 15 13 6 12 13 2 12 7 11 183
DE NICK BOSA 35 37 41 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 113
DE TYLER FRIDAY 12 18 DNP 29 2 6 4 1 DNP 7 DNP 4 DNP 2 85
DE AARON COX 3 DNP DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 5
DE NOAH DONALD 3 DNP DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 5
DT DRE'MONT JONES 33 35 67 27 75 64 52 72 64 52 49 78 61 84 813
DT ROBERT LANDERS 18 25 36 DNP 29 30 16 21 41 32 37 37 40 43 405
DT DAVON HAMILTON 14 10 25 17 36 28 29 39 37 20 24 31 15 27 352
DT HASKELL GARRETT 15 4 10 13 4 9 4 3 10 14 15 8 9 9 127
DT TOMMY TOGIAI 13 12 DNP 16 2 10 7 3 7 10 3 10 9 12 114
DT TARON VINCENT 12 14 DNP 16 DNP 3 4 DNP 6 8 3 8 5 19 98
DT ANTWUAN JACKSON 4 5 DNP 12 DNP DNP 3 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 24
DT JERRON CAGE 6 3 DNP 8 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 17
LB MALIK HARRISON 56 43 76 29 79 56 DNP 56 84 68 63 86 70 97 863
LB PETE WERNER 56 48 53 26 79 70 59 47 79 61 63 74 38 80 833
LB TUF BORLAND 9 21 39 15 36 30 39 38 64 31 50 60 54 51 537
LB BARON BROWNING 37 17 33 21 31 40 20 31 15 DNP DNP 7 8 29 289
LB JUSTIN HILLIARD 9 17 ST 21 ST 9 49 3 ST 6 ST ST ST ST 114
LB DANTE BOOKER 9 15 ST 27 DNP ST ST ST 5 7 ST 12 2 ST 77
LB KEANDRE JONES 9 12 ST 29 ST ST 1 ST ST ST 2 ST ST ST 53
LB DALLAS GANT ST ST ST 8 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST 8
LB TERADJA MITCHELL ST ST DNP 2 ST ST DNP ST ST ST ST ST ST ST 2
LB K'VAUGHAN POPE ST ST ST 2 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST DNP DNP DNP 2
CB KENDALL SHEFFIELD 49 31 65 20 68 60 51 73 84 55 46 68 58 73 801
CB DAMON ARNETTE 34 37 52 30 47 49 12 DNP 84 40 41 43 40 66 575
CB JEFFREY OKUDAH 42 22 38 29 43 43 55 72 DNP 41 31 59 40 55 570
CB SHAUN WADE 9 27 39 25 23 34 33 53 84 40 23 29 43 51 513
CB MARCUS WILLIAMSON 1 21 ST 20 ST ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 42
CB CAMERON BROWN 9 5 ST 10 ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 24
CB TYREKE JOHNSON DNP DNP ST 2 ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
CB SEVYN BANKS DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
S JORDAN FULLER DNP 42 77 29 79 76 59 74 28 68 63 86 70 97 848
S BRENDON WHITE 9 13 ST 25 ST ST ST ST 58 65 53 83 70 96 472
S ISAIAH PRYOR 53 34 61 42 60 35 36 73 DNP DNP ST ST ST ST 394
S JAHSEN WINT 56 26 16 22 19 33 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST 172
S AMIR RIEP 12 11 DNP DNP ST 1 ST 2 5 ST ST ST ST ST 31
S JOSH PROCTOR ST ST DNP 2 DNP DNP ST 1 ST ST ST ST ST ST 3
MARCUS HOOKER DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST ST DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP ST
P DRUE CHRISMAN ST ST ST ST 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 ST ST ST ST
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