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Scarlet Sunrise: Dozen Buckeyes receive degrees following this semester

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Jake Hausmann graduated this spring. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Dozen Buckeyes receive degrees following this semester

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Dozen Buckeyes receive degrees following this semester

The Buckeyes keep showing reasons why they aren’t just an NFL factory as a football program. Ohio State focuses on academics within the program, and it shows.

Following the spring semester, 12 Ohio State football players graduated from the university, and some will continue to be on the football team after their recent graduation this spring.

The graduates this semester: QB Chris Chugunov, OL Nathan Brock, TE Brock Davin, DL Noah Donald, S Owen Fankhauser, TE Jake Hausmann, K Zach Hoover, LB Hayden Jester, TE Derrick Malone, RB Amari McMahon, OL Brandon Pahl, CB Marcus Williamson

The players who have graduated and will be on the 2020 Ohio State roster: LB Tuf Borland, OL Nathan Brock, P Drue Chrisman, DE Jonathon Cooper, OG Gavin Cupp, TE Jake Hausmann, LB Justin Hilliard, QB Gunnar Hoak (Kentucky graduate), K Zach Hoover, DT Antwuan Jackson, TE Corey Rau (SMU graduate), WR C.J. Saunders, CB Marcus Williamson

Ohio State still planning on making September trip to Oregon

The college football schedule has been placed under a microscope with the emergence and spread of the coronavirus. The Buckeyes, and nearly every other program in the country, are planning on having a season. And right now, that includes the highly-anticipated Week Two trip to Oregon for a massive showdown with national-title implications.

As rumors begin to swirl, Ohio State is sticking to its schedule. Don’t expect anything different — for now. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward has more on the possibilities of moving games around to fit a modified schedule:

To be clear: Right now Ohio State is operating under the belief that it will be playing at Oregon. There have been no public discussions about a cancellation, no indications that the series could be flipped with the Buckeyes playing host this year and no suggestion that other options are being pursued. To be completely honest, if the PAC-12 moves in a direction where it’s playing conference games only, the chances of Ohio State simply not playing in Week Two are probably higher than replacing the Ducks — and it’s certainly possible the Big Ten could wind up in a league-game-only situation as well depending on what happens over the next month or so.

For more on the scheduling possibilities with the Ducks and Buckeyes, click here.

Can Justin Fields put together Heisman campaign?

Justin Fields put together an incredible season last year as a first-time starter. The decorated five-star quarterback lived up to the billing — and then some. So expectations for the rising junior signal-caller will be through the roof entering another year in Ryan Day’s system. If Fields improves, how does his season project?

Lettermen Row broke it down and crunched some numbers:

In his first year as a starting college quarterback, Fields dazzled with his playmaking ability on his way to an undefeated regular season, a seat at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City and a College Football Playoff berth, where he almost led the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind win.

Can it get any better for the rising junior? Fields will be the first quarterback in Ryan Day’s coaching career to return for a second season as a starter. So, yes, it could get better.

For the full story and season statistical projections, click here.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.