The Ohio State football team got bit by the injury bug this week as a promising defensive lineman has gone down with a significant injury.
The Ohio State football team lost a member of its defensive end rotation as Omari Abor has gone down with an injury. The redshirt freshman will be down for “months” as Ryan Day confirmed earlier this week that Abor will have surgery. This, from Eleven Warriors:
"“He did have a procedure, but I don’t know if I can get into all of the details on that,” Day said. “It’s gonna be at least a couple of months anyways, I guess, before he is back.”"
While Day did not specify what the injury was, Abor was in line to crack the defensive end rotation this season for defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Abor was impressive all offseason and had an excellent Spring game as well.
Abor was the No. 73 overall recruit in the 2022 recruiting class by 247 Sports composite rankings. Abor is the second member of Johnson’s unit to go down in camp as defensive tackle Tyleik Williams suffered a knee injury earlier in the week.
This is a bummer for Abor, who has been flashing signs of being a very good player. He was hurt last year as well from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of his true freshman season. Hopefully, this injury is not season-ending and we can see Abor on the field for Big Ten play.
In other news along the defensive line, Ohio State coaches are very pleased with the play of defensive end Kenyatta Jackson, who will probably be the first man up off the bench behind Jack Sawyer and JT Tuimoloa. Day said that Jackson ” looks the part” of being an NFL type of pass rusher. His size, speed, and agility are setting him apart from the rest of the backup linemen.
Hopefully, Jackson can prove that on Saturdays this fall and Omari Abor can bounce back from his injury to contribute this season.