23 Ohio State football players will be honored during Senior Day festivities before Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium.
The list of seniors who will participate in Senior Day, per Ohio State’s game notes for The Game:
Notable players on the list include Ronnie Hickman, who is a redshirt junior in terms of eligibility even though he is a senior academically, and Marcus Crowley and Harry Miller, who will both walk on Senior Day even though both of them retired from football during the offseason for medical reasons.
In addition to Hickman, players on the Senior Day list who still have another year of eligibility thanks to the extra year of eligibility the NCAA gave all players in 2020 include Kamryn Babb, Taron Vincent, Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Zach Harrison, Xavier Johnson, Palaie Gaoteote, Cameron Brown, Josh Proctor, Tyler Friday, Matt Jones and Dawand Jones. While walking on Senior Day doesn’t guarantee that they will leave Ohio State after this season – Brown, Mitch Rossi and Bradley Robinson all walked last year before opting to return to Ohio State for another season – it is an indicator that all of them are at least thinking about moving on from Ohio State after this year.
Hickman is the only redshirt junior on the Senior Day list. While Ohio State could also lose several true juniors and redshirt sophomores to the NFL draft – namely C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Paris Johnson Jr. – those Buckeyes are not eligible to participate in Senior Day festivities because they are only in their third year of college.
Ohio State’s Senior Day recognition will be held in a pregame ceremony before Saturday’s final home game of the season, as is tradition. Unlike past years, however, Ohio State will not hold its Senior Tackle on Thursday, as Ryan Day said Monday on the Buckeye Roundtable show that he and the team’s leadership committee jointly decided to hold this year’s Senior Tackle during bowl practices in December, as the Buckeyes want to keep as much of their focus as possible this week on beating Michigan while Day also wants the players to be able to spend some time with their families on Thanksgiving.
“We have so much riding on this game, we just want to make sure the focus is on the team up north,” Day said Monday.