Ohio State will suit up 14 college graduates for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Ohio State Overview: Tuf Borland was capitalizing this spring on a solid freshman season in 2017 by lining up as the No. 1 middle linebacker through the first part of the drills … his fine spring showing came to an abrupt end, though, in late March when he incurred an Achilles tendon injury and was subsequently lost for the foreseeable future … Coach Urban Meyer felt confident he would be back at some point during the 2018 season … and that’s a good thing, because Borland is a really good player … he started the 2017 season as the captain of the punt team, but once he got his first defensive snaps in game three of the season vs. Army it was tough to keep Tuff off the field … he was in on 12 tackles vs. the Cadets … he started the next game because of an injury but played so well he would ultimately start nine of the final 11 games of the season … he was fourth among all Buckeyes with 58 stops, a total that included 11 in the win over Michigan State … Borland was the team’s defensive player of the game vs. both Army and Michigan State … he was named a game “champion” by the Ohio State coaches five times, including the final three games of the season vs. Michigan, the Big Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. USC … enrolled in classes in January 2016 … he is majoring in exercise science.
Notable Note: Borland’s 12 tackles vs. Army last year were the most by an Ohio State freshman in six years, or since Ryan Shazier had 15 in a 2011 game vs. Penn State.
Honors & Awards 2017: Academic All-Big Ten Conference
More on Tuf: Borland came to Ohio State as a 4-star outside linebacker prospect by both 247Sports and Scout … he was a two-time all-state selection who starred for Bolingbrook teams that advanced to Illinois state playoffs four consecutive years under the direction of coach John Ivlow … Borland recorded 165 tackles as a senior and was named all-state by the Chicago Tribune, all-SW Suburban Blue and the Voyager Media defensive player of the year … he had 152 tackles as a junior and was an IHSFCA 8A and Chicago Tribune all-state selection … also played baseball and basketball for two years … is the son of Jeny and Kyle Borland.