Shaun Wade And Damon Arnette Available, No Key Players Unavailable for Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game

By Colin Hass-Hill on December 6, 2019 at 9:59 am
Shaun Wade

Ohio State is as healthy as it has been all season.

The Buckeyes do not have any unexpected players listed as unavailable on the team's status report released on Friday morning, and cornerback Shaun Wade, cornerback Damon Arnette, offensive lineman Matthew Jones and safety Josh Proctor are all able to play against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night.

Ohio State Status Report for Wisconsin
WR C.J. Saunders
OG Gavin Cupp
RB Marcus Crowley
WR Ellijah Gardiner
S Ronnie Hickman
DT Taron Vincent
WR Kamryn Babb
DT Noah Donald (walk-on)

Wide receiver C.J. Saunders, defensive tackle Taron Vincent, safety Ronnie Hickman and wide receiver Kamryn Babb remain out as they continue long-term rehab from injuries. Wideout Ellijah Gardiner also remains out, having not played since the fourth game of the season. Running back Marcus Crowley and offensive lineman Gavin Cupp won't play either.

Defensive end Jonathon Cooper is not listed on the status report; however both he and Ryan Day have said he will not play again this season. Instead, he will take a redshirt and return for a fifth year in 2020.

Ohio State does not dictate a reason for any player's unavailability or an expected length of any player's absence in its status report.

The return of Wade, along with Arnette's availability, means the Buckeyes have a full roster of cornerbacks at their disposal for just the second time in the past four games. Arnette did not play against Rutgers and Wade missed last weekend's win against Michigan. Arnette, who has dealt with a broken wrist all season, left the game against the Wolverines with a separate injury.

Proctor's availability means he'll once again become Jordan Fuller's backup. The sophomore safety missed the past two games. Last weekend, because Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison opted to use two safeties at times, Marcus Hooker played 18 snaps.

The full depth chart for Saturday's game, after being released by Ohio State on Friday morning, can be viewed below.

Depth Chart
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