The Senior Bowl announced that two Ohio State defenders, linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and safety Josh Proctor accepted their invitations to the Senior Bowl on Feb. 3, 2024, at noon in Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Eichenberg decided to come back to Ohio State for the 2023 season and took advantage of the extra year as the team leader in tackles with 80 despite missing two games late in the season. He had 2 ½ tackles for loss, one sack, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
He is expected to be picked after day one of the 2024 NFL Draft, and accepting the invitation to the Senior Bowl, a pre-draft showcase, likely means he won’t be using his final year of eligibility at Ohio State.
When Big Ten awards were announced, Eichenberg was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year for the conference.
Proctor’s decision to return paid off even more for his sixth season in Columbus. He had his best season by far with 41 tackles in 10 games, along with four tackles for a loss, eight pass break ups, and an interception that he took back for a touchdown in the win over Maryland.
He doesn’t have any more years of eligibility remaining, so his time in the Senior Bowl will be his last time representing the Buckeyes as a college football player, but his impressive season has made him into an NFL Draft prospect.