Ryan Day doesn’t play true freshmen unless they are really good. The Ohio State football team has a lot of positions that are manned by veterans. They don’t need to play a lot of freshmen this season. Yet, Day says that four freshmen will likely see time against IU in Week 1.
Carnell Tate is one of them that will see snaps. Tate is someone who has been turning heads since he arrived in the Spring. Even in a crowded receiver room, he has stood out as someone who has the chance to be really special once his time comes.
Tate isn’t the only true freshman that will see snaps on offense. Day also indicated that tackle Luke Montgomery could see snaps as well. Day mentioned that he is comfortable with only playing six guys on the offensive line right now, those being the five starters and Montgomery.
On defense, Malik Hartford is going to see a significant number of snaps and could potentially start. Hartford has made a big impression on Jim Knowles and could start in one of the safety positions next to Lathan Ransom and Sonny Styles. Even if he doesn’t start, Hartford will get rotated in.
The other true freshman who will see playing time is Arvell Reese. Reese will get snaps on special teams, according to Day. That makes it four true freshmen who will be playing in their first-ever college football game on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington.
I’m excited to see the future of all of these players. They all project to be really good players at their positions. What’s most important this weekend is getting a win. Whether that means playing these guys more or fewer snaps than anticipated, winning is all that matters.
The Ohio State football team will take on IU at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.