Freshman Tracker: Garrett Wilson Says Hello and Nine Other Freshman Play

By Matt Gutridge on September 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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Ten Ohio State freshmen played in the Buckeyes' 42-0 shellacking of Cincinnati. Four of the youngsters were able to put their names on the stat sheet Saturday afternoon.

By far, Garrett Wilson was the marquee player of the 2019 class against the Bearcats. The Austin, Texas native made his first collegiate catch one to remember. In the second quarter, Justin Fields found Wilson in the corner of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown, putting the Buckeyes up 28-0. Wilson also led all freshmen with 21 snaps on Saturday.

Running backs Marcus Crowley and Steele Chambers had carries late in the game. Crowley, who made his debut against FAU, was only on the field for one play. His number was called and he rushed for two yards. 

Chambers, who has one of the best names ... ever, saw his first college action in the last three plays of the game. He had two carries for 16 yards with a long of 12. Both Crowley and Chambers have shown flashes of their talent during their limited playing time.

Other offensive players to play against Cincinnati were offensive linemen Dawand Jones and Harry Miller and receiver Jameson Williams. Jones, who is a very large individual, was on the line when Chase Young blocked Cincinnati's field goal attempt. 

On the roster, Jones is listed as being 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds, but he looked a tad bit larger on the field. His girth helped Ohio State earn its first shutout in Ohio Stadium since beating Rutgers, 56-0 in 2016. For those keeping track, that was Ohio State's 280th shutout.

Cade Stover was the third and final freshman to play for the first time as a Buckeye on Saturday. He made the most of his seven snaps by tallying two tackles, including one solo stop.    

Local product Zach Harrison of Olentangy Orange played in his second straight game and was on the field for 17 defensive snaps. However, he was unable to record a tackle. The talented defensive end has now logged 41 snaps but has not yet made a tackle. Expect his name to be included on the stat sheet against Indiana next week.

Noah Potter and Craig Young were the other defensive players to see action against Cincinnati. Like Harrison, Potter has not recorded his first tackle in two games. Young, a linebacker, was on the special teams for the second straight week.

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. Through the second game of the 2019 season, 10 of Ohio State's 17 scholarship true freshmen have seen the field. 

CLASS OF 2019 TRACKER
NAME POS DEBUT UC STATS GP SEASON STATS
STEELE CHAMBERS RB UC 2 rushes, 16 yards 1 2 rushes, 16 yards
MARCUS CROWLEY RB FAU 1 rush, 2 yards 2 5 rushes, 29 yards
TOMMY EICHENBERG LB        
CORMONTAE HAMILTON TE        
ZACH HARRISON DE FAU 17 snaps; No Stats 2  
RONNIE HICKMAN S        
RYAN JACOBY OL        
DAWAND JONES OL UC ST snaps, No Stats 1  
JADEN McKENZIE DT        
HARRY MILLER OL FAU 9 snaps; No Stats 2  
NOAH POTTER DE FAU 6 snaps; No Stats 2  
BRYSON SHAW S        
CADE STOVER LB UC 7 snaps, 2 tackles, 1 solo 1 2 tackles, 1 solo
ENOKK VIMAHI OL        
JAMESON WILLIAMS WR FAU 6 snaps; No Stats 2  
GARRETT WILSON WR FAU 1 catch, 9 yards, TD 2 1 catch, 9 yards, TD
CRAIG YOUNG LB FAU ST snaps; No Stats 2  
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