The award is presented to the best student-athlete with exemplary community service
Ohio State one of eight football programs visited by ESPN this spring.
Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
The offensive and defensive line positions have flip-flopped from 2012 in terms of experience
Ohio State had its second practice of the spring Thursday; now the team is off until the 19th
2016 Season (Junior): Sprinkle's development and progression continued, going from three games as a red-shirt freshman in 2014 to playing in all 13 games in 2015 to earning a starting assignment for Game 1 in 2016 against Bowling Green ... his season came to a screeching halt, though, after playing just 14 snaps against the Falcons when he suffered a knee injury that require surgery and rehabilitation through the 2017 spring drills.
2015 Season (Sophomore): Sprinkle played in all 13 games for the 12-1, Fiesta Bowl-winning Buckeyes and contributed four tackles and recovered a fumble from his defensive tackle position ... he was in tackle rotation all season and his playing time increased throughout the season, topped by a 60-play performance in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame that included 49 snaps on defense ... had his high of two tackles in the win over Virginia Tech.
2014 Season (Freshman): After red-shirting the 2013 season, Sprinkle played in three games as a freshman in 2014 for the College Football Playoff national champions: Kent State, Rutgers and the Big Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin.
More on Tracy: Sprinkle was one of five Buckeyes in the 2013 recruiting class to enroll at Ohio State in January 2013 and take part in spring drills ... The 2012 Associated Press first-team all-Ohio selection and Division I co-defensive player of the year, Sprinkle recorded 19 sacks and 30 total tackles-for-loss among his 103 tackles as a senior ... dominant games included five sacks against Amherst Steele and four sacks (and 12 tackles) against Hudson ... the first defensive player since Matt Wilhelm in 1999 to win the prestigious Lorain County Golden Helmet award as the best player in the county ... also was named the Northeast Ohio All-Lake District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Elyria, coached by Kevin Fell, was 7-3 in both 2012 and 2011 ... Sprinkle, a Top 30 strong side defensive end by 247Sports, had 27 sacks his final two seasons of play ... he was a third-team all-state pick as a junior after making 94 tackles and eight sacks ... is the son of Tracie Sprinkle and Percy Hicks.
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