Justin Fields, Haskell Garrett and Chris Booker are Ohio State's players of the game for the Buckeyes' 52-17 win over Nebraska on Saturday.
Fields was an obvious choice for offensive player of the game after his spectacular season-opening performance in Saturday's game, in which he completed all but one of his 21 passing attempts – the best completion percentage in Ohio State history for a quarterback with more than 10 passing attempts in a game – for 276 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 54 yards and another touchdown.
Garrett earns defensive player of the game honors after he recorded Ohio State's first sack of the season, with two total tackles and two quarterback hurries, less than two months after he was shot in the face while attempting to break up an argument. Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs described Garrett's return to the field as a “miracle” after Saturday's game, and it's unlikely anyone will disagree with his player of the game selection after all he had to overcome to be ready for the season opener.
Booker, who previously played for Ohio State's club football team, earns special teams player of the game after seeing regular playing time on the kickoff and kickoff return units and recording a tackle in his first game with the varsity Buckeyes.
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2018: Plays club football
2019: Joins the Buckeyes
2020: Special Teams Player of the Game in the first game of the year
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