In a game like this, it is hard to give a postgame award to anyone. But in what could have been his final game at Ohio State, linebacker Raekwon McMillan played a stellar game on defense. He tallied 15 total tackles, which was the most of any player and made multiple big hits on Deshaun Watson throughout the game. Unfortunately for him, the Ohio State offense could not help him and the Buckeye defense out in an embarrassing loss.
Well, when a team doesn’t score a single point, I have to give my Buckeye Leaf to a defensive player, right? That said, I’m giving mine to Raekwon McMillan. The junior linebacker was one of the few bright spots for Ohio State Saturday night. He had a game-high 15 tackles, two of which were tackles for loss with one being a sack. One of McMillan’s stops went for a 10-yard loss on a third down. That was followed by Clemson missing a 31-yard field goal to keep it a 17-0 game, still giving the Buckeyes some hope.
While the outcome was far from what the Buckeyes wanted, one Ohio State player might have made himself some money against Clemson. Raekwon McMillan has been great all season, but his play down the stretch – especially against Clemson – might have boosted his draft stock. Widely considered a likely second round pick, McMillan tallied 15 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against the Tigers. He says he still has to make a decision regarding his future, but McMillan could easily hear his name called in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.