Less than two months after he was shot in the face, Haskell Garrett is available to play for Saturday's season opener against Nebraska.
The Ohio State defensive tackle is not among the 14 players listed on the Buckeyes' status report for Nebraska, indicating he could be on the field when they open their season against the Cornhuskers on Saturday at noon.
|Ohio State Status Report for Nebraska|
LB JUSTIN HILLIARD
DT JADEN MCKENZIE
CB LEJOND CAVAZOS
DL JACOLBE COWAN
RB MARCUS CROWLEY
OG GAVIN CUPP
LB TOMMY EICHENBERG
WR JAYLEN HARRIS
WR AUSTIN KUTSCHER
LS ROEN MCCULLOUGH
DB ALEC TAYLOR
QB DANNY VANATSKY
S KOURT WILLIAMS
RB MIYAN WILLIAMS
Fellow defensive tackle Taron Vincent, whose status was also in question for the season opener as he continued to recover from the torn labrum in his shoulder that sidelined him last season, is also not listed on the status report for Saturday's game, meaning the Buckeyes should have two of their key pieces at defensive tackle they thought they might not.
Redshirt defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie, however, is listed as a game-time decision along with sixth-year senior linebacker Justin Hilliard. Both of them were expected to be a part of the rotations at their positions.
No projected starters are listed on the status report for Saturday's game, though a few notable players who are listed as unavailable include running backs Marcus Crowley and Miyan Williams and wide receiver Jaylen Harris. The Buckeyes will have only one healthy long snapper available for Saturday's game, Bradley Robinson, as Roen McCullough is also listed as unavailable.
Wide receiver Kamryn Babb, who missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, is available to make his Ohio State debut on Saturday.
Side note: Ohio State has decided not to release a weekly depth chart this season, so we won't find out who the Buckeyes' official starters are until they actually play the game on Saturday.