Go ahead and knock on wood right about now.
Junior wide receiver Chris Olave, along with every other starter on Ohio State's depth chart, is listed as available for the team's top-20 clash on the road with Penn State on Saturday, per the status report released on Friday morning.
Nobody has been deemed a game-time decision. Cornerback Lejond Cavazos, defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan, running back Marcus Crowley, offensive guard Gavin Cupp, wide receiver Jaylen Harris, defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie and safety Kourt Williams are all listed as out for this weekend. None of them played against Nebraska, either.
|Ohio State Status Report for Penn State|
CB LEJOND CAVAZOS
DL JACOLBE COWAN
RB MARCUS CROWLEY
OG GAVIN CUPP
WR JAYLEN HARRIS
DT JADEN MCKENZIE
S KOURT WILLIAMS
LS ROEN MCCULLOUGH
DB ALEC TAYLOR
TE PATRICK GURD
Linebacker Justin Hilliard, a game-time decision a week ago who didn't play in the first game, is expected to be available to play against Penn State. Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and running back Miyan Williams were removed from the status report, meaning they'll be able to play on Saturday after being unavailable for the season opener.
Until Friday, Ohio State had not made the decision of whether Olave would or wouldn't play this weekend official.
He left the season's first game versus Nebraska when a hit from safety Deontai Williams ended his day prematurely with an undisclosed injury. Olave didn't return to action in the 35-point win. On Tuesday, however, fellow wide receiver Garrett Wilson said he was “super confident” Olave would play this weekend. After previously wanting to wait to see how the third-year looked throughout the week, Ryan Day said on Thursday that Olave has “had a good, strong week of practice.”
The official word came down on Friday, ensuring Olave – along with every other starter – should have a shot to play against Penn State.