Ohio State will have to win a national championship without its starting running back.
Trey Sermon left the field to go to the locker room following the first drive of Monday's title game against Alabama with an apparent injury. The seriousness and specificity of what he's dealing with is unknown at the time of publication.
However, Sermon was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, ESPN reported early in the second quarter. Him leaving the stadium almost certainly ends his night prematurely.
The senior tailback was holding his right shoulder as he walked into the locker room, though.
Trey Sermon is headed to the locker room holding his left shoulder. pic.twitter.com/nosPc4WTyn— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2021
Sermon entered the day with 868 rushing yards on 115 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per rush, and most importantly he had gone off in the past two games, totalling a combined 524 yards on the ground between the Big Ten championship and the Sugar Bowl. He set a school record with 331 yards versus Northwestern a couple of weeks ago.
Master Teague began the Buckeyes' second drive at running back.