Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Ohio State meets Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a primetime B1G matchup.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' first road game of the season at Oklahoma.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' season opener at Ohio Stadium on September 3, 2016
Ohio State Overview: Chris Worley is the man in the middle of the 2017 Ohio State defense … a 39-game veteran for the Buckeyes with 14 starts at outside linebacker, Worley made the move to middle linebacker from the strong side this spring and does so with high recommendation … “He’s just a really, really smart football player; he’s a guy who I think understands the game at a very high level,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “You know, we lost what I think is a man’s man in Raekwon McMillan, just a really fine football player and a smart football player, and we needed to make sure we tried to replace him with a guy who has that kind of presence about him.” … Worley is a fifth-year senior who has 98 career tackles and four pass break-ups … he is majoring in communications.
Notable: Worley came to Ohio State as a safety, but then moved to outside linebacker where he competed for three years, including a red-shirt year in 2013, against 2016 first-round NFL Draft pick Darron Lee for playing time.
Honors and Awards:
2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference (media)
2016 Season (Junior): Worley started all 13 games for the Buckeyes at outside linebacker and ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 70 … he also contributed four pass break-ups, an interception (vs. Michigan State), two quarterback pressures and a forced fumble … played well in the biggest games … he recorded his career-high of 11 tackles in the win over Michigan and followed that up with a 10-tackle effort vs. Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals … also had 10 tackles in the win at Oklahoma … set a personal best with seven solo stops in the win at Wisconsin.
2015 Season (Sophomore): Worley played in 12 games for the 12-1, Fiesta-Bowl champion Buckeyes … he was in on 17 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for losses totaling four yards … he registered his first quarterback sack in the win over Penn State … tied his then-personal bests with five tackles and four solo tackles in the win over Michigan.
2014 Season (Freshman): Worley played in 14 of 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions and earned his first Varsity O letter ... he earned a start in the first game he ever played in -- the season opener vs. Navy -- and played 52 snaps on defense while recording his personal best five tackles, four of those solo stops ... he finished the season with 11 tackles with eight of those solos, and he also contributed on special teams.
More on Chris: Worley was one of the final prospects in the Class of 2013 to commit to attending Ohio State, doing so on Jan. 11 … a special mention Associated Press all-state pick as a senior, Worley led Glenville, coached by Ted Ginn, to an 8-2 record his senior season by recording 89 tackles with nine sacks, five interception returns for touchdowns and five forced fumbles … for his career he had 161 tackles, 13 sacks, eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles … a Top 25 senior prospect in Ohio (No. 20 by 247Sports and No. 25 by ESPN) … Worley extended a streak of Glenville Tarblooders signing NLIs with Ohio State to 12 consecutive years … 24 Tarblooders have become Buckeyes since 2002, including past greats like Super Bowl players Donte Whitner and Ted Ginn, 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and 2017 first-round NFL Draft pick Marshon Lattimore … Worley is the son of Michelle Bandy and Chris Worley, Sr. … he has two older sisters, Chrishelle and Christine, an older brother, Eric Smith, and a younger brother, Cahlied.
WORLEY'S DEFENSIVE STATS