This season will officially be the last for a couple of Buckeyes.
Both Tuf Borland and Trey Sermon accepted invites to the 2021 Senior Bowl on Tuesday afternoon, meaning their Buckeye careers will officially come to a close after this season.
Its OFFICIAL! Welcome @OhioStateFB LB Tuf Borland (@Tuf_Borland) to the 2021 @Reeses Senior Bowl! #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE #BestOfTheBest #GoBuckeyes @JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/IyfJ9VYRQx— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 1, 2020
Though both seniors, the players do have one season of eligibility remaining after the NCAA ruled that the 2020 season would not count against any fall athlete's eligibility. But neither will take advantage of it.
Borland and Sermon become the first two Ohio State players to accept invitations to this year's Senior Bowl.
Ahead of the 2020 season, Borland became just the second three-time captain in Ohio State football history, joining J.T. Barrett. So far this season, Borland ranks second on the team in total tackles with 19 and is tied for second in tackles for loss with 2.5, and he earned his invitation to the Senior Bowl because he's been playing the best football of his Ohio State career.
Exited to add @Tuf_Borland to the roster. 2020 tape got him this invite. One of the most improved players from junior tape we evaluated this fall. Rarely see this kind of late-career jump from a guy that entered his senior season with 34 starts. https://t.co/2hz163SAou— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) December 1, 2020
Sermon transferred to Ohio State from Oklahoma this season and has been a mainstay in the Buckeye backfield. So far this season, he has 45 rushes for 232 yards along with four catches for 35 yards.