'Caden's flashed:' Caden Curry shines in first snaps on Ohio State's defensive line

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Caden Curry took advantage of his first opportunity on Ohio State’s defensive line

After playing only special teams snaps in the Buckeyes’ win against Notre Dame in the season opener, the former four-star defensive end made his presence known when he first checked in against Arkansas State in the fourth quarter

Curry, standing at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, found his way into the backfield, reading Arkansas State running back Ja’Quez Cross’ rush and tackling him for a loss of six yards. And on the very next play, Curry plugged another hole, stopping quarterback AJ Mayer for a one-yard gain. 

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Curry finished the game with four tackles, including three solo tackles, and one of Ohio State’s 12 tackles-for-loss in the Buckeyes’ 45-12 win against Arkansas State

“Caden’s flashed,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said postgame. “Caden plays hard, he’s productive, he’s one heck of a football player and I’m glad he’s a Buckeye, and I look forward to seeing if he graded out a champion.” 

Coming into Ohio State’s recruiting class as a four-star defensive end out of Greenwood, Indiana, Curry was the No. 123 player and No. 13 defensive end in the 2022 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings. 

In 2021, Curry recorded 65 tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks for Center Grove High School, which won a 6A state title. He finished his high school career with 290 tackles, 83.5 tackles-for-loss and 28 sacks. 

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Caden Curry (92) warms up during the spring football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on April 16, 2022.

Curry was one of three freshmen to record stats for Ohio State’s defense Saturday afternoon along with defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr. and cornerback Jyaire Brown, who each recorded a tackle. 

On offense, running back Dallan Hayden and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola were each a part of Ohio State’s second-team offense. 

Hayden finished the game with 13 rushing yards on four carries, along with two catches for 13 yards. 

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