Despite the fact that there have been Buckeyes moving on and off of the inactive list throughout the season, as the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes head into their final regular season game of the season, the availability report released on Friday is as clean as it has been in quite a while.
Third-string running back Marcus Crowley, back-up safety Josh Proctor, and reserve offensive lineman Matthew Jones are all out for the second week in a row, but other than that, the players deemed unavailable have mostly been there for the entire season.
The one game-time decision for The Game is defensive back Shaun Wade. Primarily starting as the slot corner, Wade’s strength and athleticism are a huge factor in the Buckeyes’ pass defense, so losing him would be a blow, but for the 12th game of the season, to only be potentially down a single starter is a big advantage.
There had been concerns that quarterback Justin Fields had been injured — either on his left hand or his lower leg — during the Penn State game, but all indications are that he is ready to go. While he might still be nursing those injuries, they apparently do not rise to the level of him appearing on the availability report.
The other players that will miss this week’s contest against TTUN are wide receiver Kamryn Babb, offensive guard Gavin Cupp, defensive tackle Noah Donald, wide receiver Elijah Gardiner, safety Ronnie Hickman, H-back C.J. Saunders, and defensive tackle Taron Vincent.
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