Freshman Tracker: Dallan Hayden Only Freshman on Offense, Sonny Styles Only Freshman on Defense in The Game

By Matt Gutridge on November 27, 2022 at 3:30 pm
C.J. Hicks

Hell freezes over again.

For the second straight season, Ohio State's freshman class tasted the bitterness of defeat in The Game. Five of the 21 scholarship players in the 2022 class experienced the rivalry on the playing field. The 45-23 defeat should be a motivator for the freshmen going forward in their Ohio State careers. 

The only freshmen to get offensive or defensive snaps were Dallan Hayden and Sonny Styles.

The man from Memphis played 11 offensive snaps and had two carries for seven yards, a surprisingly low number considering his production over the previous two games. He was also a blocker on the last three kickoff returns.

Styles did not make a tackle when he was on the field for two defensive snaps. The Pickerington Central alum participated on four special team units. Styles was on every kickoff, kickoff return and PAT/FG block team and was on the field for four of the Buckeyes’ five punt returns.

Rest of the class

Caden Curry participated on all six kickoffs and Ohio State’s five PAT/FG attempts. The defensive end from Indiana was also on four of the five punt return units.

Jayden Fielding had six kickoffs with five being touchbacks.

C.J. Hicks was injured on the opening kickoff when he collided knees with returner Xavier Johnson. Hicks did not return to the game.

Kye Stokes was a gunner on Ohio State's last kickoff. 

Under the NCAA's redshirt rules, a player can appear in up to four games at any point throughout the season and still count it as his redshirt year. Through the 12th game of the 2022 season, 18 of Ohio State's 21 scholarship true freshmen have seen the field, with eight – Kojo Antwi, Jyaire Brown, Kaleb Brown, Curry, Hayden, Hicks, Stokes and Styles – now ineligible for a redshirt as they have appeared in five or more games. Fielding, who is not on scholarship, has also burned his redshirt by playing in all 12 games.

Class of 2022 Tracker
CADEN CURRY DE Notre Dame Special teams 12 14 tackles, 1.5 TFL (6 yards), 0.5 sack
JAYDEN FIELDING K Notre Dame 6 kickoffs, 5 touchbacks 12 97 kickoffs, 40 touchbacks; 1 tackle
C.J. HICKS LB Arkansas State Special teams 11 5 tackles
SONNY STYLES S Arkansas State Special teams 11 8 tackles, 1 TFL (2 yards)
DALLAN HAYDEN RB Arkansas State 2 rushes, 7 yards 9 102 rushes, 510 yards, 5 TD; 4 catches, 23 yards
KYE STOKES S Arkansas State Special teams 9 12 tackles, 1 TFL (4 yards), 1 FF
JYAIRE BROWN CB Arkansas State   9 8 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PBU
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 have not yet played.)

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