Ohio State plans to have a pair of defensive starters and veterans back on the field against Indiana on Oct. 23, according to head coach Ryan Day, who addressed the media on Oct. 19. Day said that after a week of rest, starting cornerback Cameron Brown and starting defensive tackle Haskell Garrett both should be healthy enough to play against the Hoosiers after suffering injuries on Oct. 2 in Ohio State’s 66-13 win over Maryland.
This is an update in the positive direction, especially for Garrett, whose status was well up in the air after that matchup with the Terrapins when he appeared to injure his right ankle in the third quarter. After that game, Day said that the Buckeyes would just have to wait and see before determining his status moving forward.
“We’ll see,” Day said when asked about Garrett’s status after that game. “It’s something that he’s kind of being struggling with, so hopefully we can get him healed up over the bye week.”
Interestingly, Day did not comment on the status of defensive end Tyreke Smith or halfback Miyan Williams, both of whom have been unavailable for the Buckeyes with undisclosed ailments for several weeks. Granted, he wasn’t asked either.
One player Ohio State won’t likely see this week beyond junk time is former starting center Harry Miller, who offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said still isn’t practicing consistently, and that once he can get through several practices at full health, he’ll be back into the rotation.