Back in action? Chris Olave appears to be back at practice for Buckeyes
After having 22 players out during the B1G Championship Game, many suspected due to COVID-19 issues, Ohio State received some good news when the B1G announced they would modify the rule that required any player who tested positive for COVID-19 to sit out 17 days instead of 21.
Against Northwestern, OSU was without wide receiver Chris Olave, who at the time of the championship game with the Wildcats was the Buckeyes leading receiver. As quarterback Justin Fields dealt with the worst passing game of his career at OSU, the loss was noticeably significant.
It appears that Olave will be back and available against Clemson on Friday for the Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State AD Gene Smith posted a tweet on Sunday from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, and in the photo, Olave appears to be seen suited up and participating in the workout.
— gene smith (@OSU_AD) December 27, 2020
Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day wouldn’t confirm that the players who sat out would definitely be back for the National Semifinal game on Jan. 1 but did state that he was hopeful guys would return.
“I think we have guys, based on when exactly that number is decided and put public, I don’t know exactly where that is in terms of being announced,” Day said last Sunday. “I know it is something that the Big Ten, it is a protocol that is across all sports. I know that it is something for the entire Big Ten, not just for us. So we’ll just wait to hear when that goes public. I don’t know if it has yet or not. But I know that they’ve made a decision to move it.”
Ohio State and Clemson will kick off at 8:00 PM EST on Friday, Jan. 1 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.