Tyler Friday expected to make first start at defensive end for Ohio State

Bill Rabinowitz
Sophomore Tyler Friday is expected to make his first start on Saturday for Ohio State in place of injured defensive end Jonathon Cooper. [Maddie Schroeder/Dispatch]

Sophomore defensive end Tyler Friday is expected to make his first start for the Ohio State football team on Saturday against Cincinnati as Jonathon Cooper will again be sidelined by injury.

Cooper, Friday and Tyreke Smith all missed last week’s opener. Friday and Smith were listed as game-time decisions a week ago while Cooper was listed as “unavailable” on the Buckeyes’ newly established injury list.

Cooper’s status hasn’t changed, but Friday and Smith are off the list. Friday is listed as the starter on the depth chart opposite Chase Young and is backed up by freshman Zach Harrison. Smith is listed with Javontae Jean-Baptiste as backups to Young.

A week ago, Jashon Cornell moved from tackle to play defensive end. He is back at tackle this week.

Tight end Rashod Berry also is healthy this week after missing the opener. Hybrid receiver C.J. Saunders remains unavailable, as does defensive tackle Taron Vincent.

No players are listed as game-time decisions. The other players ruled out from playing are receiver Kamryn Babb, defensive tackles Noah Donald and Jaden McKenzie, tight end Cormontae Hamilton, safety Ronnie Hickman and linebacker Justin Hilliard.

Under new coach Ryan Day, Ohio State is not providing injury details.

The Buckeyes didn’t make any major changes on its depth chart, aside from the adjustments because of the changed injury status. Demario McCall is now listed as the starting kickoff returner instead of as a co-starter with Chris Olave.


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