Marcus Williamson to Return to Ohio State Next Season, Utilizing Extra Year of Eligibility

By Kevin Harrish on January 6, 2021 at 3:52 pm
Marcus Williams will return.

Marcus Williamson will be back next year.

Though this is technically his senior season, Williamson said he intends to return to Ohio State next season, taking advantage of the NCAA's decision not to count the 2020 season against any player's eligibility.

“I’m still enjoying being a Buckeye, man,” Williamson said of his decision. “This year has been just crazy. I know we've had a shortened season. We've lost games here or there, and I'm just ready to come back and help our unit get to the standard that we know we hold ourselves to and that we should be. I'm too happy to be a Buckeye, man. I'm not ready to leave yet. Still got unfinished business.”

The most veteran cornerback on the roster, Williamson has seen more action this season than any previous season, playing 362 snaps at cornerback or safety this season, including all but one defensive snap in Ohio State's 49-28 College Football Playoff semifinal win over Clemson. This season, Williamson has 25 total tackles and a pass defense.

This decision comes after Williamson gave perhaps a hint of his intentions by choosing not to be recognized on Ohio State's virtual Senior Day. Haskell Garrett, wide receiver/running back Demario McCall and wide receiver Jaylen Harris were among the others listed as seniors that chose not to be recognized.

Williamson becomes the first Ohio State player to formally announce his intentions to utilize the extra season of eligibility with Garrett saying he has not yet made his decision.

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