A closer look at Ohio State’s hottest athletes and who’s taking their place this fall
Out – Dwayne Haskins
In just one season as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback, Haskins became inarguably the greatest statistical passer in Ohio State history as he rewrote the record book. Now a Washington Redskin in the NFL, Haskins’ 2018 season saw him set 28 Ohio State records and seven Big Ten records, which include his 50 touchdown passes and 4,831 yards. Despite not qualifying for the College Football Playoff, Haskins led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 season that included a dominant 62-39 victory over The Team Up North wherein he threw for 6 TDs.
In – Justin Fields
By virtue of lax NCAA transfer policies, Ohio State was able to land 2017’s No. 2 overall prospect, Justin Fields, who transferred to the Buckeyes after a season at Georgia. The 6-foot-3 QB played in 12 games for the Bulldogs, but in a limited role as a backup. Fields racked up 328 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air, and another 266 yards and 4 scores on the ground. Fields is an impressive passer, as evidenced by his 98-yard TD pass in The Buckeyes’ 2019 Spring Game, but his dynamic improvisational skills running the ball might be the most impressive aspect of his game. Replacing a Heisman Finalist won’t be easy, but big things are expected from Fields in his first season with the Buckeyes.
Out – Parris Campbell
After five years in the program, Parris Campbell leaves Ohio State as one of the most decorated wide receivers in school history. Campbell set a school record with 90 catches in 2018 and also led the team with 1,063 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. With run-after-catch ability that will forever be cemented in Ohio State legend after a 78-yard score in the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan, Campbell’s 4.31 second 40-yard dash speed will be difficult to make up for this season. With Campbell leaving for the NFL along with two more stud wideouts in Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon, the Buckeyes will need players to step up to ll the void.
In – Garrett Wilson
Aside from Fields, Garrett Wilson is the most exciting addition for the Buckeye offense this year. The true freshman was the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class. The 6-foot, 188-pound Texas native has explosive playmaking ability, putting up 1,151 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in his senior high school season despite missing games with an injury. Buckeye fans became even more excited for Wilson’s potential when he made a spectacular 18-yard highlight touchdown catch in the 2019 Spring Game that displayed his freakish athleticism. Wilson may not be expected to catch 90 passes this season, but he is easily the most thrilling true freshman Buckeye receiver in recent memory.
Out – Devon Kerr
The women’s soccer team had its lowest win total since 2014 last season, but it was no fault of Devon Kerr’s. As a senior, Kerr was the best
goalkeeper in the Big Ten, earning Goalkeeper of the Year honors as well as a third team All-America selection. Hailing from Barrie, Ontario, Kerr held teams scoreless eight times last season, which was tied for the top mark in the Big Ten. Those eight shutouts added to a total of 19 in Kerr’s four-year Buckeye career, which is the third-most in program history. Ohio State will have to turn to a less proven option in goal next season, as the two other goalies on the roster have a combined five games of collegiate experience.
In – Bailey Kolinsky
Entering her third season with the Buckeyes, Bailey Kolinsky seems the logical choice to replace Kerr in goal. Though she’s played in just five games for Ohio State in her first two years, she was the only goalie besides Kerr to play in a game last year. Prior to Ohio State, Kolinsky boasts 12 years of club soccer experience, holding shutout records at Brewster Academy.
Out – Coach Pete Hanson
For men’s volleyball, the most significant loss this season may not be any one player. Rather its legendary coach Pete Hanson. In 35 years at the helm, Hanson built a three-time national championship pedigree program and accumulated one of the most replete resumes in collegiate volleyball history. His 712 wins are third-most in NCAA history, and he was named National Coach of the Year four times since 1998. Winning his last national title in 2017, Hanson’s final season didn’t quite measure up as the team went a disappointing 10-19. However, Hanson still retires a legend with few equals.
In – Coach Kevin Burch
After the 35-year reign of Pete Hanson, Kevin Burch hopes to bring new life to the volleyball program after being promoted to head coach from his previous post as assistant in May. From the 2010-11 to 2016-17 seasons, Burch won national titles seven consecutive times as either assistant coach or director of operations on Division I and Division III teams. Burch had been a volunteer assistant on Hanson’s staff for the Buckeyes’ 2011 national title before returning as a full time assistant in 2015. The first-year head coach will have the advantage of a brand new, state- of-the-art facility in the Covelli Center, which officially opened in early June.
Out – Olivia Dailey
As a senior setter at Ohio State, Olivia Dailey led the Buckeyes with 635 assists and 8.7 assists per set. Though the team ended on a 12-game losing streak to close out the season, Dailey had a career-best performance with
62 assists in her final collegiate game against Iowa. Two years earlier she had been named an All-America honoree with the Kentucky Wildcats before coming to Columbus ahead of last season. At 12-20, the Buckeyes had their lowest winning total since 2008, and they’ll have to attempt a turnaround without their assists leader.
In – Cecilia Rocafort
Standing in for Dailey is Cecilia Rocafort, an incoming freshman setter from San Juan, Puerto Rico with a winning pedigree. Rocafort has played for the Puerto Rican 20U National Team, won two high school championships, and even won a Junior National Championship in 2018. Not only is Rocafort replacing Dailey’s position, but she will also don her No. 5 jersey number.
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