Cornerback Shaun Wade set to return for Ohio State in Big Ten championship game

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade, here breaking up a pass against Cincinnati on Sept. 7, has been cleared to play Saturday in the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade will return for the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin on Saturday.

Wade, who was sidelined for the regular-season finale at Michigan last week with an undisclosed injury, was not listed on the Buckeyes’ status report released Friday morning.

The team does not announce the nature of players’ injuries.

Wade starts as the nickel corner for the Buckeyes and has one interception and eight pass breakups this season.

With Wade sidelined against the Wolverines, Sevyn Banks and Amir Riep rotated in at various points as a third cornerback.

OSU coach Ryan Day said Wade was “close” to playing at Michigan, a Buckeyes 56-27 win. Wade went through pregame warmups and was on the sideline in uniform but did not enter the game.

“We just determined he wasn’t quite ready,” Day said during a conference call with reporters a day after the game. “We wanted to be smart with that, and I think we made the right decision.”

Backup safety Josh Proctor, who has missed the past two games, also is listed as available, as is reserve offensive lineman Matthew Jones, who was also listed on the status report last week.

Others who remained unavailable included receivers C.J. Saunders, Elijah Gardner and Kamryn Babb; running back Marcus Crowley; offensive guard Gavin Cupp, defensive linemen Taron Vincent and Noah Donald; and safety Ronnie Hickman.

No players were listed as game-time decisions.


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