OCTOBER 25, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-four players – 14 on offense, 8 on defense and two on special teams – graded out as champions for their play in Ohio State’s 54-7 win at Indiana last Saturday night. The coaches selected QB C.J. Stroud, TE Jeremy Ruckert as the Offensive Players of the Game, DE Zach Harrison as the Defensive Player of the Game and LB Teradja Mitchell and CB Demario McCall as the Special Teams Players of the Game, respectively.
Ohio State’s entire starting offensive line earned champion recognition after the Buckeyes 539 total offensive yards and scored touchdowns on each of its six first-half possessions. First-time champions on that side of the ball were RB Evan Pryor, TE Cade Stover and WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
Harrison led a defensive effort that limited Indiana to 128 total offensive yards – and just 53 after an opening drive that covered 75 yards. He finished with two tackles for loss and a sack.
Mitchell and McCall both pulled double duty, playing on defense and kickoff coverage. Mitchell had two special teams tackles while McCall played on the kickoff return and punt return units.
Ohio State Champions vs. Indiana
Offense: RB TreVeyon Henderson, RB Evan Pryor, TE Cade Stover, WR Chris Olave, WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Marvin Harrison Jr., OL Thayer Munford, OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, OL Matthew Jones, OL Paris Johnson Jr., OL Luke Wypler, OL Dawand Jones
Players of the Game: QB C.J. Stroud and TE Jeremy Ruckert
Defense: DT Haskell Garrett, DB Lathan Ransom, SAF Kourt Williams, SAF Ronnie Hickman, CB Denzel Burke, LB Tommy Eichenberg, LB Steele Chambers
Player of the Game: DE Zach Harrison
Special Teams Player of the Game: LB Teradja Mitchell and CB Demario McCall
Scout Team Players of the Week: QB Jagger LaRoe, OL Ben Christman, LB Reid Carrico and DL Bryce Prater
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON KOURT WILLIAMS II
- HEIGHT 6-1
- WEIGHT 220
- HOMETOWN HARBOR CITY, CALIF.
- LAST SCHOOL ST. JOHN BOSCO
- YEAR RS.-FRESHMAN
Ohio State Overview
• Was injured during training camp in 2020 and did not play as a true freshman
• Is exploring majors in management and industry
Honors & Awards
2020: OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Kourt
• Played for one of the nation’s top programs, St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif. and head coach Jason Negro
• The Braves were the nation’s No. 1-ranked team by MaxPreps
• A four-star prospect who is the 11th-ranked outside linebacker in the country and the No. 16 overall player in the state of California by 247Sports.
• Selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio
• With Williams leading the way in the secondary, St. John Bosco has given up 10 points or less in eight of 14 games
• Totaled 74 tackles and two sacks as a junior
• Comes from the same program that produced Ohio State All-Big Ten and All-American guard Wyatt Davis
• Recipient of the Watkins Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top African American high school senior male student-athlete
• Is the son of Monica and Kourt Williams Sr
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