As the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes take to the field at 12 noon ET against the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions, it will be the final time that the OSU seniors — and some juniors — will be playing inside Ohio Stadium.
There are 25 members of the official 2019 Ohio State senior class and coming into today’s game, they have a 46-5 record, including a 24-3 mark in the Big Ten. The group is two-time defending Big Ten champions, and have won a Cotton Bowl and a Rose Bowl.
The major contributors who will be taking the field at The Horseshoe for the final time today include Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor, Branden Bowen, Damon Arnette, Jordan Fuller, K.J Hill, Malik Harrison, Robert Landers, and more.
Justin Hilliard would also be on this list, but he recently applied for a sixth year of eligibility to extend his career due to injuries.
Check out the complete list of the 2019 Ohio State senior class:
2019 Ohio State Seniors
|Senior||Amari McMahon||Running Back|
|Senior||Austin Mack||Wide Receiver|
|Senior||Binjimen Victor||Wide Receiver|
|Senior||Branden Bowen||Offensive Lineman|
|Senior||Brandon Pahl||Offensive Lineman|
|Senior||Brock Davin||Tight End|
|Senior||C.J. Saunders||Wide Receiver|
|Senior||Davon Hamilton||Defensive Tackle|
|Senior||Derrick Malone||Tight End|
|Senior||Jashon Cornell||Defensive Tackle|
|Senior||Jonah Jackson||Offensive Lineman|
|Senior||Joshua Alabi||Offensive Lineman|
|Senior||K.J. Hill||Wide Receiver|
|Senior||Kevin Woidke||Offensive Lineman|
|Senior||Noah Donald||Defensive Lineman|
|Senior||Rashod Berry||Tight End/Defensive End|
|Senior||Robert Landers||Defensive Lineman|
While we know that those 25 players won’t suit up in The ‘Shoe again, there are a number of third-year players who could be playing their last home game as well. Top-line stars like Chase Young, J.K. Dobbins, and Jeff Okudah are expected to declare for the NFL Draft following this season, and there are a few others that could entertain that option as well, including potentially redshirt-junior Shaun Wade.
While I wouldn’t expect anyone else to forgo their final season(s) in Columbus, it’s probably worth looking at who else might be facing a decision in two months’ time.
Check out our list of underclassmen who could declare for the NFL Draft:
2019 Ohio State Juniors
|Junior||Chase Young||Defensive End||Duh|
|Junior||Demario McCall||Running Back||Unlikely|
|Junior||J.K. Dobbins||Running Back||Almost certainly|
|Junior||Jeff Okudah||Cornerback||Almost certainly|
|Junior||Thayer Munford||Offensive Lineman||Unlikely|