There was some serious question as to whether Haskell Garrett would be playing football this season. After suffering a gunshot wound to the cheeks of his face while attempting to break up a fight in Columbus during the offseason, Garrett felt fortunate to be alive.

When Garrett was able to take the field again, he took full advantage of his opportunity. He played in all 6 games for the Buckeyes during the 2020 season, and was credited with 17 tackles, including 4 for loss, as well as a pair of sacks. Garrett also had one QB hurry and had an interception for a touchdown.

Garrett’s best game of the season came when Ohio State needed it most. He recorded 5 stops, 2 tackles for loss and a sack in the Buckeyes’ 22-10 win over Northwestern in the B1G Championship Game. Thanks in large part to his efforts, OSU is now headed to the College Football Playoff.

For his efforts this season, Garrett was graded as the best defensive lineman in college football, according to Pro Football Focus’s calculations. He was graded at a 92.1.

In his career in Columbus, Garrett has played in 39 career games and is credited with 37 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. Both of his career sacks and interception came this fall.

Ohio State finished the season with a perfect 6-0, posting victories over Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern. Next up is Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day.