Twenty six freshmen, including nine true freshmen, debuted for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday in a 77-10 victory over Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
Senior hybrid back Dontre Wilson wasn’t included in that group, but it has been a long time since he took the field healthy. He battled a foot at the end of the 2014 season, missed spring practices in 2015, was suspended for the season opener a year ago and ended up appearing in nine games last season with a limited role.
Now Wilson is 100 percent, and he showed it in the season opener, rushing five times for 36 yards and catching three passes for 37 yards with two touchdowns.
“It was not just that game but the whole season I feel I have something to prove,” Wilson said Wednesday. “I play every game with a chip on my shoulder. I feel I’ve left a lot out on the field these past couple years. Now I’m going to use all these games and opportunities to make it up.”
Wilson said he spends hours in the training room reach day trying to make sure he stays healthy.
“(The injury) was terrible,” Wilson said. “That was my first serious injury ever. I dealt with it. It’s in the past.”
Bosa’s shrug: Defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes doesn’t know if freshman Nick Bosa will continue doing the celebratory shrug that his brother Joey made famous. Nick did it Saturday after his first career sack.
“It looked just like Joey’s,” Holmes said. “Him and Joey, man, they’re the same person. I want to call him Joey sometimes because they act so alike. But he’s trying to become his own player, and he’s doing a great job. He listens. He works hard. He acts just like he’s everybody else. He doesn’t act like he’s better than anybody. I love him to death.”
Depth chart: Wayne grad Robert Landers earned a spot on the depth chart this week for the first time in his career. He’s a backup to Michael Hill at defensive tackle.
Dre’mont Jones or Davon Hamilton will start at the other defensive tackle spot in place of Tracy Sprinkle, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game.
Freshmen update: Offensive linemen Gavin Cupp and Branden Bowen and tight end Jake Hausmann were the latest freshmen to have the black stripe removed from their helmets, Meyer announced Wednesday.
Big favorites: Ohio State is a 28½-point favorite against Tulsa.