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Michael Chen

Ohio State football players that earned their Buckeye leaves against Wisconsin

It was another grind it out game for Ohio State Football, but as they have done all season long, they prevailed, defeating Wisconsin on the road 24-10.

The Buckeyes continue to rely on their defense to help win them games, a stark contrast from what we have seen from past Ryan Day coached teams. It’s been a complete 180 degree turn this season.

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This was a solid win, but one where not too many Ohio State players made a huge impact on. However, the ones below did and here are the players that I believe earned their Buckeyes leaves withe the hard fought win against Wisconsin Saturday night in Mad-town.

Defensive tackle Tyleik Williams


He’s an absolute menace on the interior. Williams has been consistently good this year, and it showed against the Badgers again. From start to finish he was making plays. When Williams can’t get to the quarterback, he’s knocking down passes. His elite disengage abilities got him a tackle-for-loss near the goal line at the end of the third quarter. A sack in the fourth, came with a few pressures as well. Great game tonight.

Defensive end Jack Sawyer


It’s reasonable to say that Sawyer won’t ever put up big sack numbers with the Buckeyes, but he does his job very well. He’s great at setting the edge, not allowing plays get around him even if he’s not making them. Sawyer had a nice tackle-for-loss on the goal line stop at the end of the half as well.

Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg


He isn’t racking up double-digit tackles this year, but his impact is still there. Eichenberg flies all over the field making plays, or helping on them. Another one of the players who got a big tackle during the goal line stop, this Buckeye leader earned his leaves.

Running back TreVeyon Henderson


The oft-injured Henderson came off another injury, but it didn’t look like it. He was so active with his movements and looked fast and powerful. The back makes this offense so much better, grinding out a 33-yard scoring run in the 4th quarter. Henderson staying healthy is a huge key for the Buckeyes to achieve all their goals this year.

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.


Elite. Him. Marvin Harrison Jr. is that dude. It’s a weekly occurrence where he wows us, this time on his second touchdown catch. A highly contested one, where he had to reach over the defender, get a foot down, then hold onto the ball as he hit the ground. Wow moments every game from Harrison Jr.

Punter Jesse Mirco


I feel like I mention this every week, this is a Jim Tressel team. His favorite play, the punt. Tress would be proud of Mirco today because he was great. The yardage total wasn’t fantastic, but that’s because two of them were from Wisconsin territory. It’s those two that were fantastic, both inside the 10, one at the seven yard line and the other at the five. The sweater vest lives on.

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