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YEAR/PO­SI­TION/SCHOOL: Sopho­more, QB, Ohio State

BIO: Af­ter a red­shirt year, the New Jersey na­tive who played prep ball in Po­tomac, Mary­land, waited his turn be­hind J.T. Bar­rett last year. His le­gend grew as he came in the 2017 Michi­gan game af­ter a Bar­rett in­jury and led the Buck­eyes to a come-from-be­hind vic­tory. He be­came the undis­puted starter last sum­mer when Joe Bur­row trans­ferred to LSU.

KEY STATS: Fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with 4,580 pass­ing yards and 47 touch­downs, both of which led the na­tion. Broke 11 Big Ten and Ohio State sin­gle-sea­son records. Tied for 10th all-time for pass­ing

touch­downs in a sin­gle sea­son in NCAA his­tory. Five games of 400or more pass­ing yards. Big Ten of­fen­sive player of the year and MVP of the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game.

THE SKINNY: Passed his way into the Heis­man Tro­phy race and then put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on it in the Big Ten cham­pi­onship, pass­ing for 499 yards and five touch­downs against North­west­ern hours be­fore bal­lots were due. The week be­fore, he lit up archri­val and No. 4 Michi­gan for 396 yards and six touch­downs. The Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day may be his last game as a Buck­eye be­fore he de­clares for the NFL draft, which seems likely. Ex­perts say he could be a first-round pick.

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