Ohio State’s seven early enrollees in the class of 2016 got their first taste of Ohio Stadium action Saturday afternoon, and it even came in front of a near-capacity crowd of 100,189.
Of the seven, only five played in the Buckeyes’ Spring Game, but the ones who saw the field enjoyed an extended run in the lineup. What follows is a quick breakdown of how each player faired in the stadium they’ll call home for the next few years.
Malik Barrow, DT: Did not play while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the fall.
Tuf Borland, LB: Borland featured on the Gray team – which eventually won the scrimmage, 28-17 – alongside the Buckeyes’ three starting linebackers. He got his run out after Raekwon McMillan, Chris Worley and Dante Booker started the day on the field and Borland finished with three solo tackles and a pass breakup.
Jonathon Cooper, DE: Like Borland, Cooper featured for the Gray team, but he didn’t record any stats in the Spring Game. He did manage to get some pressure on J.T. Barrett on at least one occasion in front of his hometown crowd.
Tyler Gerald, OL: Did not play while recovering from a shoulder injury.
Michael Jordan, OL: Jordan quietly got the most playing time of all the early enrollees as a starter at left guard for the Scarlet offense, which seemed to feature the first team unit – minus Pat Elflein and Billy Price who did not play for precautionary reasons.
Though he had probably settled in by the end of the day, head coach Urban Meyer said Jordan admitted to being nervous his first time playing in the stadium.
“I asked him how he feels and he said, ‘I’m really nervous,’” Meyer said of Jordan. “You gotta find out how guys perform in those kind of arenas, and those kind of situations.”
Austin Mack, WR: After becoming the first player in his class to have his black stripe removed, Mack saw extended playing time at wide receiver for the Scarlet offense. He finished the game with three receptions for 22 yards and a long of 16 yards.
After a spring of going up against Mack, cornerback Marshon Lattimore had praise for the Indiana native.
“He’s a great receiver. Great up and coming receiver,” Lattimore said of Mack after the Spring Game. “He’s got a lot to work on but he can go get the ball, he catches everything that comes to him. And I try to stop that us much as I can but he’s a great receiver.”
Antonio Williams, RB: Williams was the third-leading rusher in the Spring Game with seven carries for 29 yards in a pass-happy display. Notably, the North Carolina product didn’t lose yardage on a single carry in his Horseshoe debut.