Ohio State Football: Trey Sermon looks to make a name for himself in Columbus

When J.K. Dobbins decided to leave Ohio State early for the NFL, Ryan Day and his coaching staff had big shoes to fill. Insert Trey Sermon.

The Buckeyes had a good amount of young talent at the RB position with guys like Miyan Williams, Marcus Crowley, Steele Chambers, and two more experienced guys in third-year sophomore Master Teague and senior DeMario McCall. Teague had suffered from an Achilles injury, leaving question marks as to who would be the starting running back in 2020.

Enter Oklahoma transfer Trey Sermon. Sermon is a 6’1 215 pound RB from Marietta, Georgia who was originally committed to Ohio State coming out of high school, will now look to fight off now-healthy Master Tague for the starting RB position. Sermon also is coming off an injury, as he tore his LCL last November, but says he is now 100%.

Ohio State RB Coach Tony Alford describes Sermon as a player that can “present a lot of issues”, and went on to say that he can come out of the backfield to catch passes and run routes, and is also a good blocker.

“He’s a tough guy”, Alford added. With the abundance of weapons the Buckeyes have at wide receiver, then you add a running back that can run, catch, and block, and then pair that with a top-tier offensive line as well as a Heisman-contending quarterback. Good luck to Big Ten defenses.

Speaking of Heisman’s, Sermon has played with two Heisman winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield in 2017 and Kyler Murray in 2018. Perhaps that is why not many OSU fans knew the name “Trey Sermon” that well prior to his transfer as he was overshadowed by other big-name players. In addition to Mayfield and Murray, Sermon has also played with Kennedy Brooks and Jalen Hurts, both of which were given the ball more often than Sermon.

In 2019 Sermon’s season was cut short after 10 games, but he was still able to run for 385 yards and find the end zone four times, he also added one receiving touchdown. 2018 was Trey’s best season by far, as he rushed for 947 yards on 164 carries and 13 touchdowns. His freshman year was also impressive, as he rushed for 744 yards and scored seven total touchdowns.

Sermon and Teague have been splitting first-team reps in practice so far. Regardless of who is the starter for game one, Sermon will undoubtedly see a respectable amount of action and have an opportunity to prove himself to Ohio State fans, as well as NFL scouts.

Even though Ohio State has big names like Justin Fields and Chris Olave, Trey Sermon looks to make a name for himself in Columbus as a key piece of the puzzle for a team that has their eyes set on a National Championship.