Ohio State will suit up 14 college graduates for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Graduates include All-Americans and academic standouts
Lewis, McMillan, Hooker, Lattimore and Johnston garner first-team honors
The Buckeyes welcome the Cornhuskers to Ohio Stadium for a Top-10 Showdown.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener against the Scarlet Knights.
The Buckeyes travel to Piscataway, NJ for the first time to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on October 24, 2015.
Notable: Hill is the most experienced interior lineman on the squad in terms of games played and starts ... he had played in all 26 games the past two seasons.
Honors & Awards
2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
2016 Season (Junior): Honorable mention All-Big Ten ... recorded 19 tackles and 3.0 TFL on the year ... career-high 1.5 TFL vs. No. 10 Nebraska ... helped limit BGSU to zero offensive touchdowns in the season opener ... notched a career-high three tackles in the win over Tulsa ... two stops in the win at Oklahoma and three vs. Rutgers and Maryland ... two tackles and 0.5 TFL in the win over Indiana ... 1.0 TFL vs. Northwestern.
2015 Season (Sophomore): Hill played in all 13 games for the 12-1 Buckeyes and made his first collegiate start in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame … he was third among defensive tackles in playing time with 297 minutes, trailing only those minutes of starters Tommy Schutt and Adolphus Washington … was in on a career-high 40 plays against Notre Dame and had two tackles … also in on two stops vs. Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Michigan. 2014 Season (Freshman): Hill played in eight games for the College Football Playoff national champions ... most extensive action came during a 15-play stint vs. Illinois ... recorded his first collegiate sack against Rutgers.
2014 Season (Freshman): After red-shirting the 2013 season (but playing in three games before being injured), Hill played in five games for the College Football Playoff national champions … most extensive action came during a 15-play stint vs. Illinois … recorded his first collegiate sack against Rutgers.
2013 Season (Red-Shirt): Hill played in three of Ohio State's first four games as a true freshman -- Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M -- before being slowed by injuries ... he played 34 snaps on the defensive line vs. San Diego State, but he didn't play again during the season following a 13-play stint vs. Florida A&M ... he earned a red-shirt season.
More on Michael: A U.S. Army All-America Bowl invitee, Michael Hill announced in June 2012 that he was committing to Ohio State, the school that has been his favorite since he was a youngster … a consensus four-star prospect by (ESPN, 247Sports, Scout, Rivals) and one of the Top 20 defensive tackles in the nation by Scout (No. 16) … listed on the ESPN 300 (216) … named to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl this year and the No. 6 player in the state by 247Sports, Hill had an unfortunate end to his senior season, injuring a hand in the eighth game that caused him to miss the remainder of the season and all post-season all-star games … Pendleton finished 8-4 on the year … Hill was dominant as a junior while playing in the middle of Pendleton’s line for coach Paul Sutherland … he recorded 25 tackles-for-losses and 81 total tackles despite persistent double-teams against him … he also had six sacks as a junior and had four as a senior before his injury … he is the son of Dianne Blount and Michael Hill, Sr.
HILL'S DEFENSIVE STATS
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