Freshman Tracker: Dallan Hayden Gets His First Start and Sonny Styles Plays Role on Defense As Ohio State’s Season Ends in Peach Bowl

By Matt Gutridge on January 1, 2023 at 3:30 pm
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The Buckeyes led for the majority of the Peach Bowl, but fell just short in the 42-41 loss to Georgia.

Six freshmen saw playing time for the Buckeyes as they battled for four quarters before ultimately losing the Peach Bowl. Dallan Hayden and Sonny Styles were the freshmen who played the biggest roles in the New Year’s Eve battle.

Ryan Day called on Hayden to make his first start of the season. He played 33 offensive snaps against the Bulldogs, tripling the 11 snaps he was given against Michigan, and finished the game with nine carries for 44 yards. The running back from Memphis was also used as a blocker on Ohio State's last five kickoff returns.  

Given the opportunity to play 38 overall snaps, Styles recorded two tackles in his first postseason game with the Buckeyes, both of which came on kickoff coverage. The five-star defensive back from Pickerington Central played 12 snaps on defense and was on the field for every Ohio State, kickoff, kickoff return, punt return and PAT/FG block team. 

Rest of the class

Jyaire Brown took the field at cornerback for the final snap of the game.

Caden Curry was on the field for every kickoff (8), FG/PAT (8), kickoff return (8) and punt return (2).

Jayden Fielding had eight kickoffs with six being touchbacks.

C.J. Hicks participated as a blocker on seven kickoff returns.

18 of Ohio State’s 21 scholarship freshmen in the 2022 class were given a chance to play in at least one game. Nine total freshmen did not take redshirts: Curry, Fielding, Hicks, Styles, Hayden, Brown, Kye Stokes, Kojo Antwi and Kaleb Brown.

The 2022 class closes its freshman season with an 11–2 record.

Class of 2022 Tracker
CADEN CURRY DE Notre Dame Special teams 13 14 tackles, 1.5 TFL (6 yards), 0.5 sack
JAYDEN FIELDING K Notre Dame 8 kickoffs, 6 touchbacks 13 97 kickoffs, 40 touchbacks; 1 tackle
C.J. HICKS LB Arkansas State Special teams 12 5 tackles
SONNY STYLES S Arkansas State 2 tackles 12 10 tackles, 1 TFL (2 yards)
DALLAN HAYDEN RB Arkansas State 9 rushes, 44 yards 10 111 rushes, 554 yards, 5 TD; 4 catches, 23 yards
JYAIRE BROWN CB Arkansas State 1 defensive snap 10 8 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PBU
KYE STOKES S Arkansas State   9 12 tackles, 1 TFL (4 yards), 1 FF
KOJO ANTWI WR Toledo   5 13 offensive snaps
KALEB BROWN WR Toledo   5 1 catch, 5 yards
TEGRA TSHABOLA OL Arkansas State   4 52 offensive snaps
RYAN TURNER CB Toledo   4 1 tackle, 1 sack (6 yards), 1 TFL (6 yards)
KENYATTA JACKSON DE Arkansas State   3 2 tackles, 1 TFL (1 yard)
HERO KANU DT Arkansas State   3 19 defensive snaps
DEVIN BROWN QB Toledo   2 1 rush, 1 yard
TC CAFFEY RB Toledo Unavailable (injury) 2 10 rushes, 66 yards, 1 TD
BENNETT CHRISTIAN TE Toledo   2 11 offensive snaps
KYION GRAYES WR Toledo   2 1 catch, 2 yards
GABE POWERS LB Toledo   2 Special team snaps
OMARI ABOR DE Arkansas State   1  
GEORGE FITZPATRICK OL Indiana   1 9 offensive snaps

(Note: The table does not include freshman walk-ons who did not play this season.)

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