Tracy Sprinkle might be best known to fans as the guy who was briefly kicked off the Ohio State football team in July 2014.
Now Sprinkle, a junior, is a starter at defensive tackle for the Buckeyes and linebacker Raekwon McMillan says he'll be remembered as a key member of the team by the end of the season.
"Three-technique, Tracy Sprinkle. He wasn't voted a captain, but I think by the end of the year guys will look at him as one of the guys who really led this 2016 (team)," McMillan said Monday.
When asked to elaborate, McMillan said that Sprinkle always finds a way to help younger players around him continue to improve.
"He comes in day in and day out and goes to work, never complains about anything," McMillan said. "And then when you finds a young guy complaining about something or not doing what you're supposed to do or feeling down or something, he always picks up guys. So you can expect the same thing during the season."
Sprinkle's playing time has been limited so far in his career, but that's certainly expected to change this season. The Elyria, Ohio, product appeared in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2014 before playing in every game for the Buckeyes last season. He was a key part of the rotation by the end of the season, playing 60 plays against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, including 49 snaps on defense. Sprinkle totaled four tackles and a fumble recovery in the 2015 season.