Ohio State Football Status Report: Cam Martinez Out, All Other Regular Contributors Available Against Notre Dame

By Andy Anders on September 23, 2023 at 5:30 pm
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TE Zak Herbstreit
S Cam Martinez
LB Arvell Reese
DE Will Smith Jr.
WR Reis Stocksdale
LB Kourt Williams II

Safety Cam Martinez, who has seen rotational duty at nickel for Ohio State this season, will be the only regular contributor unavailable to the team when it faces Notre Dame on Saturday.

Martinez has one tackle thus far in 2023, playing a total of 22 snaps defensively through three weeks. Fourteen of those came against Youngstown State in the Buckeyes’ second game.

Without Martinez, Ohio State’s defense will rely more heavily upon sophomore starter Sonny Styles. Given his background as one of the Buckeyes' top cornerbacks, Jordan Hancock could also see time at the position as a purer coverage option.

All other players expected to have a significant role for the Buckeyes in 2023 hold a clean bill of health heading into South Bend. Freshman Arvell Reese, who missed last week’s Western Kentucky game after being injured during a collision on a kickoff against Youngstown State, remains out against the Fighting Irish.

Backup tight end Joe Royer missed last week for an undisclosed reason but makes his return against Notre Dame in Week 4. While he saw a handful of meaningful reps in the first two games for Ohio State this year, playing 39 combined snaps, Royer is still looking for his first reception in 2023.

Linebacker Kourt Williams II is expected to miss the season for Ohio State after suffering a torn ACL.

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