In the ninth game of his fifth senior season, Rashod Berry has finally realized a dream he has had since his high school years: playing both sides of the ball in a game in Ohio State.
For the first time since 2016, when he was a full-time defensive officer for the Buckeyes, Berry watched Maryland's 73:14 victory on Saturday as he played Ohio's defense. With both Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper out of action for Saturday's game, the Buckeyes turned to Berry to play as a defensive end in a third pass rushing package using a three-man front.
The US state of Ohio had in this third residue Rashod Berry in the defensive line, Zach Harrison in the defensive tackle and Baron Browning as a hurried linebacker. pic.twitter.com/Fmc1XcRLu2
– Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 9, 2019
Berry also saw the playing time at the narrow end, the position he has been playing since the beginning the season 2017, making it the first player in the US state of Ohio, who played both offensively and defensively in the same game since Zach Boren 2012 both defender and linebacker for the Buckeyes played.
"It feels incredible," Berry said after Saturday's game. "When I went from college to college, I always wanted to play both sides. For this opportunity to open, it was like, "Wow, that's real. I'm really about to do that. "So it was good."
Berry had been trying to convince Ohio trainers this summer to play on either side of the ball, raising questions about the Buckeyes' previous game against Wisconsin. He did not know if his efforts to convince her would work, but he found it worth trying.
"There's always a 50/50 chance If you ask your mother, 'Can I stay with my friend?', You do not know, it's a 50/50 chance, 'Berry said with a laugh.
After two defensive starts this week, the state of Ohio decided to give Berry this opportunity.
"He did some really good things and came to us a few weeks ago. Then, based on the situation, we said, 'Let's just get him over there & # 39 ;,' said Ohio head coach Ryan Day said. "And so he went over there last Wednesday (to practice defense) and did a good job. He flashed a few times. So he is very talented and we will try to use him in different places. "
To prepare to play in both directions in Saturday's game, Berry said he had no free time last week as he had to watch the movie for both insulting and defending. He spent time both in his regular meeting room with Kevin Wilson and the tight ends and in Larry Johnson's meeting room with the defensive linemen, and he needed to rehearse the basics of playing the defensive end.
Berry said it was not too hard to get used to playing defensive end again because he has done it before.
"I did it in high school. And when I was there in the second year, I was a good pass rusher. So I knew I could do it, I just had to prove it once more, "Berry said.
Berry was not credited statistics on either side of the ball on Saturday, but was in a sack in the third quarter credited to Zach Harrison.
Wilson has his biggest game yet
Saturday was a big day for the two best candidates in Ohio's recruiting class in 2019. While Harrison made his first defensive start against the Buckeyes, Garrett Wilson, a five-star receiver, had his biggest game yet occur as a major factor in the offensive of the horse chestnuts.
Wilson hit four passes for a season high of 82 meters at the beginning of the third quarter, most among all receivers in Ohio against Maryland, including a 14-yard touchdown shot by Chris Chugunov in the left back corner of the end zone.
– FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 9, 2019  Wilson would have received another 46-yard touchdown reception for Chugunov's deep-ball later in the third quarter, but was recalled by Dawand Jones for a left-back penalty.
Regardless, Saturday was further evidence that Wilson may sooner or later rank among Ohio's best playmakers – though Day still wants to be cautious about putting too much on the newcomer's plate.
"Garrett is still very young, but his talent is definitely not in the charts," said Day after the game on Saturday. "I do not want to go too far with Garrett, but we think he obviously has a huge cap and is growing every week. He knows how to practice. He knows how to play on the offensive.
"It's about the same as Chris Olave started freshman at the end of the season last year. He's just on the right track to play a few games, "Day added. "But I think the big thing for him will be how well you train, how well you take care of the ball, what kind of discipline do you have during the week, because if he does, he might be so good as he wants to be. "
With starter Binjimen Victor at the X-receiver position, Wilson currently occupies fourth place among the receivers in Ohio, USA, with 18 catches for 216 yards and four touchdowns this year. He also appears to have established himself as the best returner of the Buckeyes when he replaced Demario McCall as starter of that role against Maryland.
Wilson's role has gradually increased over the course of the season, and like Olave over the past season, he seems to be on the brink of breaking out and possibly having a big impact on the Buckeyes in their big games of the year.
The novice says he does not focus on how big his role will be, but only on making the games he should do when his number is called.
"When I'm out there, I'm definitely in the zone," Wilson said. "But I think I'm just doing my job. If I do not do that, I'm mad at me. "
A return and a reunion
Ohio's former linebacker Keandre Jones returned to Ohio Stadium on Saturday to play for the opposing team. The native of Maryland made one of the biggest games of the day for his home school when he was blown off by Jones Rushing on a ridge to hit Chugunov from behind and force a fumble that his Maryland teammate Ayinde Eley considered the only takeaway of the Terrapins of the day restored.
Jones, who was one of the most prolific defenders of the Terrapins this year, having played sparingly in defense in three seasons in Ohio, had a total of eight tackles on Saturday.
After the game, Jones was hugged by a large group of his former Ohio State teammates in midfield, and although they had just given his current team a 59-point defeat, he told the Buckeyes he wanted to see them win the national one Championship this year.
Keandre Jones has just been attacked by his former Ohio State teammates. Then Jones stopped her and said: Hey, one. I'm proud of you guys. Go and win the Natty. pic.twitter.com/WyisefcfqZ
– Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 9, 2019
Malik Harrison, who arrived with Jones as a member of the Buckeyes' recruitment team in the state of Ohio's class of In 2016, Jones spent three years in linebacker space, saying the happy reunion on the field spoke to the bonds being built as part of the Ohio State Football program.
"This fraternity we have here is still strong, even when you go," said Harrison.
In addition to Zach Harrison's first career start on Saturday, several other young players reached milestones against Maryland for the first time.
Sophomore linebacker K'Vaughan Pope made his first break in his career in the third quarter of Saturday's game when he picked up a pass from Maryland's quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.
Enokk Vimahi, an offensive freshman, experienced the first hour of his Ohio career in the fourth quarter of the Saturday game when he took over left-wing position early in the day following an apparent leg injury to Matthew Jones.
Dawand Jones officially became the seventh member of Ohio's freshman class, who burned his redshirt on Saturday playing in his fifth game of the season.
Backup kicker Dominic DiMaccio, who missed the only additional point in his Ohio career in Ohio, made the first two extra points in his career on Saturday after McCall's two fourth quarters Ohio rushing touchdowns.
Second quarterback Chris Chugunov completed the first 100-yard passing game of his career in the state of Ohio, passing eight out of eleven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Mitchell returns, others fail
Matthew Jones was one of two backups injured in the fourth quarter of the Saturday match, along with the real freshman Marcus Crowley ran back. A cart was originally called for Crowley after he had gone down after a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter, but eventually he was able to leave the field on his own. Crowley said in a Twitter response after the game that he is "all right".
Players from the US state of Ohio, who did not play because of injury at all against Maryland, including the senior wide receiver Austin Mack, who was listed as a game decision and went through the warm-up before the game on Saturday, but played no snaps ,
Redshirt freshman Jaelen Gill, who was not featured in the Ohio State Achievement Report for this week's game, was on Saturday in street clothes and apparently not playable. C.J. Saunders, a fifth-year senior wide receiver who did not play for the whole year due to injury, was seen on crutches Saturday. Saunders is expected to miss the entire season and has applied for a medical redshirt, though it's uncertain whether he will eventually return to the Buckeyes next year, according to a Sunday report by Austin Ward of Lettermen Row.
Joshua Alabi, who was in the fifth year on offense and had missed the Buckeyes' last two games against Northwestern and Wisconsin over an undisclosed injury, also did not play against Maryland, although he was not featured in this week's status report.
One of the players to return to play against Maryland was linebacker Teradja Mitchell, who missed the last four games of the Buckeyes with an unknown injury. In his fifth game of the season Mitchell saw the time with the second-team defense of the Buckeyes.