Win or lose, every week there are a handful of Ohio State players who stood out above the rest.
Following the tradition of the helmet stickers that dates back to the days of Woody Hayes, Lettermen Row shares out our version of the award every Sunday morning for the best performers on offense, defense and special teams for the Buckeyes.
COLUMBUS — The Buckeyes finished spring practice Saturday with the annual spring game. The Gray team “won” 35-17, but there were noteworthy performances from both sides that 61,102 gathered to see in Ohio Stadium.
The quarterback battle between Justin Fields and Matthew Baldwin was on full display, defensive linemen dominated up front and some younger Buckeyes got an opportunity to play. But those weren’t the most notable of the afternoon.
Here’s who Lettermen Row awarded Buckeye Leaves following the spring game.
Offense: Garrett Wilson
Wilson came to Columbus as an early enrollee with plenty of buzz around him, a five-star prospect from the same high school as Matthew Baldwin with a knack for making big plays. He proved he’s more than capable of that at the college level Saturday, when he soared over Sevyn Banks for an impressive catch in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Wilson finished the day with four catches for 44 yards and the touchdown grab. He also sent fans home with that touchdown catch fresh in their minds as Ohio State enters the summer.
Defense: Jahsen Wint
Wint might not have a clear path to playing time in the fall, but he made a name for himself during the spring game when he intercepted an errant Matthew Baldwin pass in the first quarter. Then, he added onto his day and etched his name into spring game lore, picking off a Chris Chugunov pass on the sideline for his second turnover of the game.
With Jordan Fuller, Brendan White, Josh Proctor and Isaiah Pryor in front of him on the depth chart, it’ll be hard for Wint to earn a spot on the field. But he certainly didn’t hurt his cause Saturday.
Special teams: Drue Chrisman
Chrisman stole the show at the spring game, when at halftime, he was supposedly going to hold his girlfriend’s field goal attempt. Instead, he pulled the football away and grabbed a small box with an engagement ring inside. Already on a knee, he proposed to his girlfriend, and of course, she said yes. The entire team immediately ran and swarmed Chrisman and his new fiancee, and the Ohio Stadium crowd erupted.
Oh, and Chrisman did a decent job at punting, booting the ball twice for an average of 43.5 yards per punt.