Buckeyes and Wolverines feature pair of nation's top defenses
The scholars were all part of Ohio State's unbeaten, 12-0 2012 season
The offensive and defensive line positions have flip-flopped from 2012 in terms of experience
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
Ohio State Coaches and Players meet with the media following the game
2014 Season (Junior): Schutt played in all 15 games along the defensive line for the College Football Playoff national champions and totaled 210 plays ... he had 24 plays in the season-opener vs. Navy and a high of 28 plays vs. his home state school, Illinois ... also had two tackles vs. the Illini and recorded tackles in eight games, including the national title game vs. Oregon.
2013 Season (Sophomore): Schutt is coming off a 2013 campaign that didn't get cranked up until mid-season as a foot injury and subsequent surgery in fall camp kept him out of the team's first six games ... he played in seven of the final eight games of the season, including a start vs. Illinois ... he was in on a career-high 39 plays vs. Illinois and 25 the next week vs. Indiana ... was credited with three tackles, including a half-sack vs. Northwestern for minus-2 yards.
2012 Season (Freshman): Schutt played in 10 games for the undefeated, Big Ten Conference Leaders Division champions ... started in the team's second game of the season, vs. Central Florida, and played 21 snaps on defense ... was in on 85 plays for the season ... totaled four tackles plus an important quarterback "hurry" in the overtime win vs. Wisconsin.
More on Tommy: Schutt was the first high school senior to commit to Urban Meyer's Ohio State program ... a five-star prospect and the No. 5 defensive tackle in the class by Scout.com and the No. 1 player in Illinois (Rivals.com), Schutt committed Dec. 12, 2011 ... he was ranked among the Top 100 players nationally by Scout.com (No. 47), MaxPreps (No. 47) and Rivals.com (No. 64) and was also a member of the ESPNU 150 ... helped Glenbard West, coached by Chad Hetlet, to four state playoff appearances and amassed 33 career sacks, 45 tackles-for-loss, 21 batted balls and eleven forced fumbles ... earned all-state honors three consecutive years, including by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and the Chicago Tribune as a junior and senior ... named ESPNChicago.com defensive player of the year after senior season that included 73 tackles and 23.5 tackles-for-loss, including 14.5 sacks ... No. 6 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep and the No. 16 defensive line prospect ... a U.S. Army and SuperPrep All-American ... had 67 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior ... Schutt is the son of David and Stella Schutt.
TOMMY SCHUTT'S DEFENSIVE STATS