Ohio State will suit up 14 college graduates for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
The Buckeyes host the Rebels for the first time in program history.
For the first time, the Buckeyes host the Black Knights at Ohio Stadium
The Buckeyes open up the 2017 campaign in Bloomington with a Big Ten clash with the Hoosiers.
Ohio State meets Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal
The Buckeyes welcome the Cornhuskers to Ohio Stadium for a Top-10 Showdown.
Notable: McLaurin is the definition of a team-first player: consider that he played the third-most plays on offense among receivers in 2016 but still contributed an additional 143 plays on special teams … he has been in on 370 special teams plays in two seasons and he has contributed 12 special teams tackles.
2016 Season (Sophomore): McLaurin played in all 13 games, started four times (all on the road, at Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan State and vs. Clemson in the CFP semifinals) and earned his second Varsity O letter … he caught 11 passes for 114 yards and a 10.4 yards-per-reception average … one of eight Buckeyes with at least 10 receptions … caught the first touchdown passes of his career: the first against Rutgers and the second vs. Nebraska … set personal bests with three catches for 28 yards in the win over Tulsa … caught his passes in streaks with two four-game streaks with at least one reception.
2015 Season (Freshman): After he red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman, McLaurin played in 12 games for the 12-1 Buckeyes … he was a key special teams player with 228 plays with high games of 31 plays vs. Indiana, 22 vs. Northern Illinois and 21 vs. both Virginia Tech and Maryland … he was among the leading tacklers on special teams with seven and he also had a fumble recovery.
More on Terry: McLaurin was the 2013 Indiana Mr. Football, as voted on by a panel from the Indiana Football Coaches Association ... a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals, McLaurin was considered a Top 50 wide receiver with a high ranking of No. 28 by 247Sports and additional rankings of No. 43 (Scout), No. 46 (Rivals) and No. 61 (ESPN) ... his most impressive ranking might have been the No. 7 he received from another online organization, though, as in seventh-fastest prospect in his class (4.41 40) ... the speedy playmaker led Cathedral High School to the 2013 Indiana 5A state championship after winning three consecutive Class 4A titles between 2010-12 ... McLaurin had three touchdowns, an interception and four tackles in the title game to cap a senior season in which he had 58 receptions for 953 yards and eight touchdowns and another 744 yards rushing and six more scores ... had 312 rushing yards and four TDs in playoff win over Decatur Central ... recorded 820 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns as a junior ... returned two kickoffs for TDs as a senior and two punts for TDs as a junior ... ... is the son of Grace and Terry McLaurin Sr.
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