Ohio State football: A lot of big-time players dress for bowl practice except for one great one

Today is the first day the Ohio State football team is practicing in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl. A lot of big-time players are in pads for practice, but one huge name is sitting out.
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The Ohio State football team is taking on Missouri on Friday in the Cotton Bowl to finish their 2023 season. It's the last chance that this group of players will ever get to play together. The goal would be for them to end the year on a win after the heartbreaking loss to TTUN.

Who is going to play in the game has been a hot topic since the announcement of the bowl game was made. There haven't been any official opt-outs of the game so far. Obviously, there have been players who have entered the transfer portal and committed to other schools, but no official opt-outs.

Several big-time players were spotted practicing in pads this morning. TreVeyon Henderson, J.T. Tuimoloau, and Jack Sawyer were among the players who were full-tilt in practice. In fact, the entire defensive line was out the, which is really good to see.

Tommy Eichenberg was out there as well. Perhaps the most notable player out there in practice was Emeka Egbuka. Egbuka is projected to be a first-round pick, so it's a big boost to see him out there at practice. Unfortunately, his partner in crime on the outside was not out there.

That would be Marvin Harrison Jr. He was at practice in a jersey, but he wasn't participating in any of the drills. He had talked to the media before and he said he wanted to play in the bowl game. Perhaps the people around him have gotten to him and told him it's not a good idea to risk injury right now.

If these practices are any indication, the Ohio State football team will have most of their guys out there. It doesn't look likely that Harrison Jr. will play though, which is certainly a bummer. Having Henderson and Egbuka out there is big for this offense, especially with Devin Brown making his first start.

We'll find out later in the week who officially is going to play in the game.