Ohio State football cornerbacks Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown to return against Oregon
Ohio State will have a pair of potential starters back in its secondary for Saturday’s game against Oregon.
Neither was listed as unavailable on the team’s weekly status report released three hours before kickoff at Ohio Stadium.
Without them in the first game, the Buckeyes turned to freshmen Denzel Burke and Ryan Watts to start at cornerback. Watts, who broke up three passes in the win over the Golden Gophers, graded out as a champion by the coaching staff.
But the returns of Banks and Brown, both in their fourth seasons at Ohio State, provide a bit of experience. Banks started all eight games for the Buckeyes in 2020, and Brown was in line to start at the opposite cornerback spot this season.
Coach Ryan Day did not disclose the nature of the injuries that had held them out, but had offered optimism that they might be back this week.
Safety Josh Proctor, who appeared to injure his shoulder in the fourth quarter at Minnesota, is a game-time decision. If he is unable to play, redshirt sophomore Bryson Shaw could take on the role as the single-high safety.
Defensive tackle Jerron Cage and defensive back Jantzen Dunn, who were both out in Week 1, are also listed as game-time decisions.
Ten players are listed as unavailable, including starting center Harry Miller, who is out for the second consecutive week. With Miller’s absence, redshirt freshman Luke Wypler is set to remain as the starter after stepping in nine days ago.
Wypler anchored an offensive line that kept quarterback C.J. Stroud well protected against the Golden Gophers. He was not sacked and hurried only twice.
The new additions to the unavailable list are offensive lineman Trey Leroux, defensive lineman Noah Potter and offensive lineman Ryan Smith.