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Jack Sawyer had a huge season-opening performance. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State 2021 commit Jack Sawyer unstoppable in season opener

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Ohio State 2021 commit Jack Sawyer dominates in season debut

Jack Sawyer, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the class of 2021, and Pickerington North opened their season Friday night with a loss to Olengangy Liberty, but the score of the game didn’t steal the headlines.

Sawyer, a defensive end, stole the show with a five-sack performance that proved why so many national recruiting experts have him as America’s top junior prospect. Lettermen Row was on hand to capture the highlights from Sawyer’s incredible performance.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba also steals show in season opener

Sawyer wasn’t the only Ohio State pledge that dominated in his season debut. The senior from Rockwall, Texas, also had one heck of a day in a wild game against Highland Park. That game saw almost 1500 combined yards and 125 total points.

The deep ball was his main weapon, and Smith-Njigba had 13 catches for 311 yards and three touchdown catches. He also ran for 40 yards. Don’t believe that? Well, check out the video for yourself.

Ryan Day’s favorite Justin Fields play was an incompletion

Ryan Day was a quarterback at the University of New Hampshire, so he knows how to be a smart signal caller. He also has coached quarterbacks ever since his playing days. Word on the street is that he’s pretty good at coaching that position, too.

So when asked at his press conference Tuesday what his favorite play from his new Ohio State quarterback was from Saturday’s win over Florida Atlantic, Day didn’t mention any of Fields’ five touchdown passes. He didn’t even mention a completed pass. Day’s favorite play was when Fields heaved the ball out of bounds on a third-down play, which allowed the Buckeyes to punt and pin Florida Atlantic deep in its own territory.

Strange, yes, but that’s the maturation process for Fields and evidence of the growing relationship between the first-year Buckeyes quarterback and the first-year Buckeyes coach.

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