Ohio will be missing at least 14 scholarship players this weekend, including the leading recipient.
Chris Olaf, a large-scale novice with 36 receptions at 528 yards and five touchdowns in five matches, tops Buckeyes’ unavailable list for the Big Ten Championship on Saturday versus Northwestern, which the team fired 75 minutes before noon scheduled launch.
Northwest Ohio State Report
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S. Marcus Hooker
WR Chris Oliv
Midfielder Baron Browning and gambler Drue Chrisman won’t get a chance to play Wildcats either, according to the program, as they are included among the unavailable players. Safety start Marcus Hooker has been listed as a playtime decision, but he is not participating in the warm-up and is not expected to play.
Also not available will be a Jaxon Smith-Njigba broadband receiver, Tyler Friday defensive end, Javontae Jean-Baptiste defensive end, Steele Chambers, Bryson Shaw safety, Tommy Eichenberg linebacker, Jaylen Harris wide receiver and Gunnar Hoak quarterback. They join corner back Cameron Brown and Salamah Kurt Williams, who are not where they are continuing their long-term recovery from injuries.
The team confirmed that Linebackers coach Al Washington and wide reception coach Brian Hartline would not be in the match either.
The state report, issued by Ohio State prior to each game, does not disclose any reason for absence or indicate an expected return date for any player listed as unavailable.
Note: the majority of players who He sat in the December 5 match with Michigan State Active to tilt Saturday with Northwestern. All five of the offensive line men, including left-tackle Thayer Munford, midfielder Josh Myers and right-wrong Nicholas Petit Frere, along with full-back Tove Borland, Salameh Josh Proctor and the offensive tackle of Paris Johnson must be good. None of them appeared in the Saturday morning status report, which considers them all available to play.
Olaf’s absence means Ohio will have to open a passing attack bypassing him and Jarrett Wilson, who account for 70 of the team’s 107 receptions. College student Jameson Williams and freshman Julian Fleming, in particular, are moving into important roles for Buckies. Justin Fields will definitely be looking his way through a lot.
– Chris Olaf (@chrisolave_) December 19, 2020
Chances are, Justin Hilliard would switch to Browning’s place, becoming a full-time full-back Sam. The absence of Friday or Jan Baptiste means the defensive line coach will switch to a three-man rotation from Zach Harrison, Jonathon Cooper and Trick Smith.
Since Hooker is unable to play, it is unclear how Buckeyes’ team will replace him. They might be looking to take Proctor to deep safety, giving Ronnie Hickman the shots in two safe looks. Shaw’s exit also limits coaches’ options Kerry Coombs and Matt Barnes.
The lack of Chrisman – who has confirmed he was infected with the COVID-19 virus – pushes Zach Hoover into a big spot. He is Senior Walking Specialist from Toledo.
– Drew Cressan (@ DChrisman91) December 19, 2020