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Tracy Sprinkle signed by the Carolina Panthers as a UDFA following the 2018 NFL Draft

He didn’t get the call during the seven rounds of the draft, but the Buckeye is still getting a shot in the NFL.

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The 2018 NFL Draft is now over, but there are still some Buckeyes looking for roster spots heading into rookie camp. Tracy Sprinkle didn’t have to wait long before signing with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.

The fifth-year senior out of Ohio State, was named a team co-captain in 2017 and claimed 12 starts despite a deep rotation of d-line talent. Sprinkle actually earned the most starts of all lineman last year, which is quite a feat considering he was rotating with players like Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard. Sprinkle finished last season with 16 total tackles (three for loss) plus one pass break-up and a quarterback hurry.

His overall career stat-line with Ohio State isn’t all that impressive, but if it weren’t for a knee injury during Week 1 of the 2016 season, his numbers could look a lot different. He earned the starting role that season, but suffered a knee injury in the game against Bowling Green, and ended up missing the rest of the season due to surgery and rehab.

The 6’3, 293-pound lineman came to Ohio State as a 2012 AP first-team All-Ohio selection and DI co-defensive player of the year for his senior season, having recorded 103 total tackles (30 for loss) and 19 sacks — in one season, even if it was high school.

Congrats to Tracy for getting a chance to make a run at an NFL career.