Ohio State football defensive lineman Noah Potter enters NCAA transfer portal

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Defensive players Jerron Cage (86), Noah Potter (97) and Javontae Jean-Baptiste (8) stretch during the first practice of spring football for Ohio State University at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Ohio State reserve defensive lineman Noah Potter has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday.

He is the Buckeyes’ second scholarship player to enter the portal since spring practice ended last week, following fellow defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan who announced his departure on Monday.

Potter spent three seasons with the Buckeyes, but was sidelined for all of last fall due to a series of setbacks. After recovering from a foot injury, he underwent emergency eye surgery for a torn retina in October.

He last appeared in four games in 2020 and totaled two tackles.

Despite the health scare, Potter had bounced back by March and gone through spring practice. His listed size at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds gave him a chance to seize a large role, allowing him to line up at either defensive end or tackle.

In the spring game last Saturday, he finished with six tackles and a pair of sacks, but Ohio State maintains a deep rotation along its defensive line with 15 other scholarship linemen.

With Potter’s entry into the transfer portal, the Buckeyes are down to 86 scholarship players, leaving them only one above the 85-man limit for next season.

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

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