Tight end Mitch Rossi to return to Ohio State football in 2022

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Sat., Jan. 1, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Mitch Rossi (34) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of the 108th Rose Bowl Game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes at the Rose Bowl.

Ohio State tight end Mitch Rossi is returning to the Buckeyes next season, using the additional year of eligibility given to all players as a result of the COVID-19 impacted season in 2020.

“One more go round y’all,” he tweeted Friday afternoon, confirming earlier comments from his father, Tom, who told Eleven Warriors about the decision.

By coming back as a super senior, Rossi provides the offense with some experience at a position that is heavy on youth.

He started a pair of games late last the season and played 143 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, the third most among the team’s tight ends behind only Jeremy Ruckert and Cade Stover.

But neither of them will be a factor moving forward as Ruckert has entered the NFL draft and Stover is likely to return to the defensive side of the ball and switch positions to linebacker. None of the other returning tight ends, including Gee Scott Jr. and Joe Royer, have triple-digit snap counts for their careers.

Rossi, who caught four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown last year, also gives the Buckeyes some versatility, finding a role at times as a fullback.

His 1-yard touchdown catch at Rutgers in October came after he was lined up as a fullback in the I-formation.

Nearly a decade had passed since Ohio State last had a fullback on its roster in Zach Boren in 2012.

A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Rossi first joined the program in 2017 as a walk-on before being put on scholarship last year.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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