Terry McLaurin never met Terry Glenn, but the Ohio State wide receiver felt a strong connection with him.
In addition to sharing first names and positions, they each wore No. 83 with the Buckeyes. So when Glenn, a Columbus native, was killed in a car accident in Texas early Monday, it hit home for McLaurin, especially coming at the start of Michigan week.
“I’ve had people (messaging) me on social media, telling me to play my best,” McLaurin said Tuesday night.
He intends to.
"When I got that number when I first got here, it was very humbling, especially seeing what he did in that ’95 season,” McLaurin said. “He was a great receiver who is a legend here. He won the Biletnikoff Award.
“I pray for his family and hope I can play the best I can to represent his number and his legacy as best I can. We’re going to be prepared to try to win for him.”
McLaurin said he has watched YouTube video of Glenn. He marveled at Glenn’s speed and took inspiration from his determination to score on every catch.
“You want to be like that as a receiver, where you can take a hitch for a touchdown,” he said. “Seeing how he took that mentality into each game was exciting for a young guy like me trying to find my way.”
Outside linebacker Dante Booker was cleared from his concussion protocol and practiced after missing two games.
Now the question is whether the fourth-year junior will start against Michigan. With Booker out last week against Illinois, the Buckeyes used Jerome Baker and Chris Worley as outside linebackers with Tuf Borland in the middle.
Worley, an outside linebacker at OSU until moving to the middle this year, earned defensive player of the game honors against the Illini.
At the least, Booker’s availability will provide depth. The fourth-year junior from Akron has been credited with 21 solo and 10 assisted tackles this season, including five for losses. He also has one interception.
Worley said that Booker looked good in practice Tuesday.
“He was a little rusty,” he said. “You’re always going to come back a little rusty. Seeing him out there running, he was super fast. He told me he had fresh legs. It’s going to take some time, like with anyone who misses time. He looked pretty good for the first day back.”