Following Ohio State’s scrimmage on Saturday, fifth-year wide receiver Kamryn Babb was named the Buckeyes’ Block “O” recipient for the upcoming season.
The jersey – which honors legendary Ohio State defensive lineman Bill Willis – is awarded to an Ohio State player that displays, “toughness, accountability and the highest of character,” and few within the program have worked harder to earn the distinction than Babb.
Babb, who is entering his fifth season at Ohio State, is looking to make an impact on the field after several season-ending injuries during his tenure with the Buckeyes (and some dating back to high school), though his presence in the locker room has been an important factor for Ohio State over the last several seasons.
“He’s a guy that rubs off on others,” Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline said in the spring. “What do they say, surround yourself with people you want to become, right? Those that are maybe on the fence from a faith perspective or a positivity perspective or a guidance perspective, Kam’s there to push you over the edge.
“Being around guys like that with great energy, it’s really hard to bring bad energy,” he continued. “It would take more effort to fight the type of energy he brings than it would just to go along with it. Kam does a great job rubbing off on guys and really making our room a better room because of who he is.”
By all accounts, Babb has looked healthy during fall camp and could be in line to be an important part of Ohio State’s rotation at receiver.
Babb becomes the third Buckeye to wear the Block “O” jersey, joining Jonathan Cooper in 2020 and Thayer Munford last season. Babb was a captain for Ohio State last season and is likely to become a two-time captain this year.