Both players played their best games last year against the best
Sam Hubbard among three OSU DEs & Baker on Nagurski list; Jamarco & Price on Outland
Lewis, McMillan, Hooker, Lattimore and Johnston garner first-team honors
Among 12 up for national honor; rank first and third, respectively, on team in tackles
His huge 68-yard
The Buckeyes open up the 2017 campaign in Bloomington with a Big Ten clash with the Hoosiers.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a primetime B1G matchup.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener against the Scarlet Knights.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' first road game of the season at Oklahoma.
Ohio State Football concludes spring practice with the LiFE Sports Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 16, 2016.
Notable: Baker makes big plays in big games ... he returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma ... he had 13 tackles in an overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin ... and he had a career-high 15 tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10 ... the interception led to an Ohio State touchdown in a game that took two overtimes to win.
Honors & Awards:
2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
2016 Season (Sophomore): Baker became a starter the second week of the season and played so well that he never came off the bench again, finishing the season with 12 consecutive starts … he was second on the team in tackles with 83, in TFLs with 9.5 and he earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and the media … he intercepted passes against Oklahoma – a 68-yard touchdown return – and against Michigan … also had seven tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, against the Sooners and was named Big Ten defensive player of the week … 15 tackles vs. Michigan, coupled with the 16 stops made by Raekwon McMillan that game, marked just third time multiple Buckeyes have topped 15 tackles in a win over the Wolverines (Arnold Jones had 24, Rick Middleton 17 and Randy Gradishar 15 in 1972; and Marcus Marek had 16 and Glenn Cobb 15 in 1981).2015 Season (Fr.): Baker earned his first Varsity "O" letter as a true freshman ... he played in the final seven games of the season for the Buckeyes and was in on 90 total plays.
More on Jerome: Jerome Baker was a Top 10 linebacker prospect nationally whose last high school game was a state championship game win over Kettering Alter, 21-14, in Ohio Stadium ... Baker scored twice, including the winning score early in the fourth quarter, to cap a 14-1 season and give Benedictine its seventh state title and coach Joe Schaefer state crowns as a Bengal player (2003) and coach ... Baker also had 11 stops on defense to earn game MVP honors ... his outstanding senior season included being named first-team Division IV all-state by the Associated Press and earning co-defensive player of the year honors ... called an "absolute force from his linebacker spot on defense" and "one of the most disruptive players in the state," Baker was a consensus 4-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 41 player nationally by Rivals and the No. 67 player on the ESPN 300 ... earned impressive outside linebacker ratings by Rivals (No. 4) and Scout (No. 10) ... a U.S. Army All-American, Baker was used sparingly on offense as a senior but still finished with 3,065 career rushing yards ... parents are Theodora and Jerome Baker Sr.
JEROME BAKER'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS