Ohio State Football Status Report: TreVeyon Henderson, Emeka Egbuka and Denzel Burke Available, Miyan Williams Out

By Andy Anders on October 28, 2023 at 5:00 pm
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DB Ja'Had Carter
WR Kyion Grayes
RB Miyan Williams

After a couple of weeks missing three key players among some other bumps and bruises, Ohio State is getting healthier going into its game against Wisconsin on Saturday.

No Buckeye starters are listed as out or questionable on the team’s status report against the Badgers. That means the likely return of starting running back TreVeyon Henderson, No. 2 wide receiver Emeka Egbuka and star cornerback Denzel Burke.

Backup quarterback Devin Brown and running back Miyan Williams are the most notable players listed as out on Ohio State’s status report. No Buckeyes are listed as questionable.

Henderson returns after missing the previous three games for Ohio State with an undisclosed injury. In four games this season, he has 44 carries for 295 yards (6.7 yards per carry) with five touchdowns. The Buckeyes’ running game has largely struggled in his stead, averaging a measly 1.9 yards per carry against Maryland and Penn State.

Egbuka is an established star out wide and a fantastic complement to Marvin Harrison Jr., arguably the best receiver in college football. Fresh off an 1,151-yard season in 2022, Egbuka had 22 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns in five games before coming up with a limp after being tackled against Maryland. He was later spotted in a walking boot. Three weeks later, however, he’s back.

That leaves Burke, who had the look of one of the best corners in college football before he came up awkwardly following a tackle against Purdue two weeks ago. In six games, he’s already racked up eight pass deflections and an interception.

Brown was carted back to the locker room a week ago while trying to score on a red zone subpackage in which Ohio State has featured him as a running option at quarterback in place of starter Kyle McCord. Ryan Day has stated that Brown will be out “at least a couple of weeks.” On the season, Brown is 12-for-22 passing with 197 yards and two touchdowns alongside one interception. 

Day said Friday that Oregon State transfer Tristan Gebbia will fill the role of McCord’s backup on Saturday and said freshman Lincoln Kienholz could be a rushing option to replace Brown in the red zone package, though it remains to be seen if the staff will trust a first-year signal caller with the ball in his hands.

Williams has been the Buckeyes’ No. 3 running back and an option on the goal line when Henderson has been healthy. He served as backup to Chip Trayanum against Maryland and Penn State, missing the Purdue game in between with injury, but took over the bulk of carries against the Nittany Lions after a strong first few series. 

On the season Williams has 49 carries for just 158 yards, an average of 3.2 per carry, with three touchdowns after posting at least 6.4 yards per carry in each of his first three seasons at Ohio State. In his absence, the Buckeyes could rely more heavily on Henderson and Trayanum. 

Dallan Hayden could get another look in the backfield as well after an 11-carry, 76-yard day against Purdue when Henderson, Trayanum and Williams were all out. When all backs but Henderson were available against Penn State, however, Hayden didn’t play. Day said they would “reevaluate” his usage this week.

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