Nov 12, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) runs for the first down during the third quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State crushes Indiana; RB Miyan Williams injured

C.J. Stroud threw for five touchdowns and Miyan Williams ran for 147 yards before becoming the latest running back casualty when No. 2 Ohio State defeated Indiana 56-14 in Columbus on Saturday.

Stroud was 17 of 28 for 297 yards as the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (3-7, 1-6) for the 27th straight time.

The victory came at a cost for the Buckeyes as Williams suffered a right foot or ankle injury and was helped off the field, leaving the Buckeyes with one scholarship running back, Dallan Hayden. TreVeyon Henderson, who has split starting roles with Williams, is injured as are backups Chip Trayanum and T.C. Caffey.

However, wide receiver Xavier Johnson took a handoff and raced 71 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter to make it 49-7.

The Buckeyes led 21-7 after the first quarter, the same score as the final of their previous game at Northwestern.

Stroud had touchdown passes of 6 yards to Emeka Egbuka and 58 to Marvin Harrison Jr., augmented by a 14-yard run by Hayden for the three-score lead.

Harrison made seven catches for 131 yards and Hayden rushed for 102.

Indiana backup quarterback Dexter Williams II replaced ineffective starter Conor Bazelak and led the Hoosiers to within 21-7 on his first series, with the help of his 16-yard run and a 49-yard catch by Andison Coby before tossing a 7-yard TD to AJ Barner.

Dexter Williams was 6 for 19 for 107 yards and two TD passes for the Hoosiers, losers of seven straight.

Miyan Williams extended the lead to 28-7 less than five minutes into the second quarter on a 48-yard run.

A blocked punt by Lathan Ransom in the third quarter set the Buckeyes up at the Indiana 2 and Stroud had a 1-yard pass to Cade Stover to make it 35-7 and Stover’s 12-yard reception made it 42-7 two minutes later.

Stroud’s last touchdown was to fifth-year senior Kamryn Babb, for the oft-injured receiver’s first career catch in his first game of the season to make it 56-14. His teammates poured onto the field to celebrate with him, drawing a delay of game penalty.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba fends off Utah cornerback Micah Bernard as he races to the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter of the 2022 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Ohio St. WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba could be limited vs. Penn St.

Ohio State star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba could be kept on a plays limit when the No. 2 Buckeyes hit the road to face No. 13 Penn State on Saturday.

A third-team All-American last season, Smith-Njigba injured his hamstring in the Buckeyes’ Week 1 game against Notre Dame. He saw limited action against Toledo on Sept. 17 and then missed three games before returning last Saturday in Ohio State’s 54-10 win over Iowa.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Tuesday that Smith-Njigba was on a limit of about 20 plays for the Iowa game and he may not be ready for full, unmonitored action against the Nittany Lions.

“We have such great people in sports medicine and our doctors,” Day told reporters. “There’s been a very specific plan on how to get him back to playing. Number of total yards per day, number of high-speed yards per day and then, after each practice, evaluating the range of motion and strength. We’re just kind of following that lead.

“It’s way over my head. … We’re just relying on the doctors to give us the information and we just go from there.”

Smith-Njigba has five receptions for 43 yards this year. In 2021 he hauled in 95 catches for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) runs on the sideline after taking a hard hit during the NCAA football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba out Saturday

No. 3 Ohio State will be without star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba for Saturday’s home game against Rutgers due to a lingering hamstring injury, ESPN reported.

The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are being extra cautious with the injury in order to have the 6-foot-1 junior on the field during the season’s stretch run, per the report.

Smith-Njigba has just four catches for 36 yards and no touchdowns in two games this season. He did not play in the Sept. 10 win against Arkansas State or last Saturday’s victory against Wisconsin.

He caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games last season and is ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2023 NFL Draft class by ESPN.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes helmets before the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State has highest-ranked recruiting class after 4-star commits

Four-star defensive lineman recruit Jason Moore committed Sunday to play college football at Ohio State.

Per the 247Sports composite rankings, Moore’s announcement nudged Ohio State past Notre Dame for the highest-rated 2023 recruiting class thus far.

Moore, who attends DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, is the No. 53 overall recruit and No. 5 defensive lineman in 247Sports’ rankings. He is also the Buckeyes’ 14th four-star commitment to go along with two five-star wide receivers, Brandon Inniss and Carnell Tate.

Moore also considered Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State.

Chase Young also starred at DeMatha before committing to the Buckeyes, developing under defensive line coach Larry Johnson and ultimately going No. 2 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Having the chance to play with one of the best D-line coaches ever, it’s definitely an experience that a lot of players had, and is something I want to have,” Moore told 247Sports, “so it’s definitely a blessing to be able to play there.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Noah Potter (97) stretches during a spring football practice at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center in Columbus on March 22, 2022.

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Ohio State DL Noah Potter to transfer

Noah Potter has entered the transfer portal, the second Ohio State defensive lineman to do so this week.

He follows defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan, who announced his transfer status on Monday following the end of spring practice.

Potter was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2019 from Mentor, Ohio. He played his first two seasons in a reserve role and missed 2021 with a foot injury. He also underwent emergency eye surgery after being diagnosed with a torn retina last fall.

The 6-foot-6 Potter was expected to play a larger role in 2022, but defensive line is one of the deepest positions for the Buckeyes.

In the spring game on April 16, Potter made six tackles (two for loss) and had two sacks.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Harry Miller (76) prepares to snap the ball during the first quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Ohio State OL Harry Miller retires due to mental health battle

Ohio State offensive lineman Harry Miller announced Thursday that he is medically retiring from football and revealed he has struggled with mental health issues, including suicidal intent.

Miller said in a social media post that he informed Buckeyes coach Ryan Day before the 2021 season that he wanted to kill himself, and Day connected him to mental health resources at the school. He attempted to return a few weeks later, he said, with scars on his wrists and throat.

“Maybe the scars were hard to hear through all the talk shows and interviews,” Miller wrote. “They are hard to see, and they are easy to hide, but they sure do hurt. There was a dead man on the television set, but nobody knew it.”

Miller thanked Day and the resources available at Ohio State, adding he was “grateful that (Day) is letting me find a new way to help others in the program,” though he did not elaborate in what capacity he would remain with the Buckeyes.

A five-star recruit in the Class of 2019 from Buford, Ga., Miller was a starter at left guard for Ohio State as a sophomore in 2020 but played sparingly during 2021 while battling a knee injury in addition to his mental health struggle.

Miller included the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, 800-273-8255, near the end of his post.

–Field Level Media

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Former Chargers, Buckeyes OL Shane Olivea dies at 40

Former Ohio State and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Shane Olivea has died at 40, the Chargers announced Thursday.

No cause of death was immediately available.

Olivea started 57 of his 60 career NFL games, all with the Chargers, from 2004-07. In 2006, he started all 16 games at right tackle for an offensive line that helped running back LaDainian Tomlinson set an NFL single-season record with 28 rushing touchdowns.

The Chargers drafted the 6-foot-4, 312-pound Olivea in the seventh round in 2004 after a decorated career with the Buckeyes. The two-time All-Big Ten second-team pick was a starter on Ohio State’s unbeaten 2002 national championship team.

Less than two years after he signed a six-year, $20 million contract extension, the Chargers released Olivea in February 2008. Olivea later said he requested his release in order to address his addiction to painkillers.

“There wasn’t one day in the NFL I wasn’t high on a pill after my rookie year,” Olivea told the Columbus Dispatch in a 2016 interview.

He signed with the New York Giants in July 2008, but landed on season-ending injured reserve the following month with a back injury.

Olivea later attempted a comeback in the short-lived United Football League with the Florida Tuskers (2010) and Virginia Destroyers (2011).

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Garrett Wilson (5), Chris Olave (2) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) take the the field for the NCAA football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

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WRs Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave among Ohio State’s Rose Bowl opt-outs

Ohio State will play without a pair of top-tier wide receivers in the Rose Bowl, as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave opted out of the game, coach Ryan Day announced Monday.

Offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett also opted out for the Buckeyes’ bowl game against Utah.

Wilson, a junior, declared early for the NFL Draft. He and Olave are both projected to be early-round selections.

Wilson caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Ohio State, while Olave had 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes still will have leading receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has hauled in 80 catches for 1,259 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore season.

–Field Level Media

A 9/11 sticker is on the back of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud's helmet prior to the NCAA football game against the Oregon Ducks at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

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Ohio State five-star commit Sonny Styles reclassifies to 2022

Ohio State commit Sonny Styles, the top-ranked safety in the Class of 2023, will reclassify to 2022.

A five-star in-state product, Styles hails from Pickerington, Ohio and is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He chose the Buckeyes in November over offers from Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

His father, Lorenzo Styles, played linebacker at Ohio State from 1992-94.

Now the younger Styles will head to Columbus a year earlier than expected. On Sunday he tweeted that he will sign his national letter of intent this Wednesday, national signing day for the early signing period.

Styles ranks No. 13 overall and No. 2 in the state of Ohio after reclassifying to 2022, per the 247Sports Composite.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) warms ups prior to the NCAA football game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021

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Reports: Ohio State QB Quinn Ewers entering transfer portal

Despite his pedigree, Quinn Ewers will not be Ohio State’s star quarterback of the future.

The top-ranked quarterback from the Class of 2022 who enrolled early at Ohio State to capitalize on the state’s name, image and likeness laws for college athletes, will enter the NCAA transfer portal, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Ewers, part of a crowded quarterback depth chart, took two snaps for the Buckeyes. Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud started every game of the 2021 regular season for Ohio State and is in the running to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The school also has highly-rated quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Jack Miller with multiple years of eligibility remaining, prompting Ewers to look elsewhere.

Yahoo reported that Ewers is considering transferring Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

A Southlake, Texas, native, Ewers committed to the Longhorns before flipping to Ohio State and enrolling early due at least in part to rules prohibiting Texas high schoolers from making money with their NIL rights.

Ewers reportedly earned more than $1 million on NIL deals after arriving at Ohio State.

–Field Level Media