After Ohio State earned its fourth-straight Big Ten Championship on Saturday, the large crop of former Buckeyes showed out in the NFL on Sunday. On top of another weekend of highlight performances from the alumni out of Columbus, four former OSU stars were selected for the Pro Bowl on Monday.
Chase Young’s magnificent rookie season has reached its highest point, as the standout defensive end has been officially named to the Pro Bowl. A virtual shoe-in for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at this point, Young has compiled 38 total tackles with eight tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a touchdown in year one with Washington.
Our 1st rookie Pro Bowl player since 2012— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) December 22, 2020
Our 1st rookie Pro Bowl defender since 2009
Chase Young is that dude pic.twitter.com/UKixX2iwnq
It has been a great stretch for Baltimore Ravens rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, who scored for the fourth-straight game this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Overall, Dobbins led the team with 14 carries for 64 yards and the one TD. He also caught one pass for 17 yards as he continues to get more and more work in the Ravens’ offense.
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye rookies...
- Jordan Fuller was second on the team with seven total tackles for the Los Angeles Rams.
- K.J. Hill caught two passes for 30 yards for the Los Angeles Chargers.
- Jonah Jackson started at left guard for the Detroit Lions.
Jerome Baker has been one of the Miami Dolphins best defensive players all season long, and he has seemingly gotten better and better with each passing week. It was another big day for the third-year linebacker against the New England Patriots, registering eight total tackles with a sack and a forced fumble.
It was a big weekend for both current and former Ohio State running backs, as Trey Sermon had a historic performance for the Buckeyes in Indy and Carlos Hyde ran a casual 50-yard TD for the Seattle Seahawks.
In addition to Young, Ohio State had three more Pro Bowl selections in Joey Bosa, Cam Heyward and Marshon Lattimore.
The biggest snub, however, was Terry McLaurin, who was not selected to the Pro Bowl despite being one of the NFL’s best receivers on a team without a consistent starting quarterback. McLaurin had seven catches for 77 yards against the Seahawks.
Speaking of the starting QB in Washington, Dwayne Haskins was back in action on Sunday. The second-year man threw for 295 yards with a TD and 2 INTs in a losing effort. His Buckeye teammates are still out there supporting him after another tough game.
Chase Young picks up frustrated Dwayne Haskins after near comeback. Tough loss for Washington pic.twitter.com/1UT0B1pzHO— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 20, 2020
Malcolm Jenkins is still out here balling in what feels like year 100 in the league. The veteran DB had 12 total tackles — including 10 solo — for the New Orleans Saints in Week 15.
Jenkins wasn’t the only Buckeye safety making plays this past weekend, as Vonn Bell forced a huge fumble against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
"You've got to go out there between the lines, go out there and hit him." - Vonn Bell when asked earlier about JuJu dancing on the logo— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 22, 2020
JuJu just got rocked by Bell on the field
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye veterans...
- Denzel Ward had six tackles for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday Night Football.
- Tyquan Lewis had half a sack for the Indianapolis Colts.
- Curtis Samuel had four catches for 42 yards for the Carolina Panthers.
- Marshon Lattimore had five tackles and a PBU for the Saints.
- Taylor Decker, Pat Elflein and Andrew Norwell all started on their respective offensive lines.