Ohio State Freshman Caden Curry earns game time at DE


After being one of two true freshmen to make special teams in the season-opening win over Notre Dame, defensive end Curry Caden made his defensive debut in Ohio State’s 45-12 win over Arkansas State last Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder finished the game with four tackles in just 12 snaps, including a six-yard tackle for loss and another save near the line of scrimmage on the following play.

“It was a really great feeling after working so hard in the offseason, and just seeing all the progress on the field was kind of nice,” Curry said during his press conference Wednesday night. “I’m just trying to work hard in training and earn my place and kind of see where it can go.”

It would be easy to dismiss Curry’s performance, as it came in the fourth quarter of a 33-point victory. But the head coach Ryan Day noted this week that such an experience is invaluable for a freshman.

“I think that’s it,” Day said during his press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “When you step onto the pitch, are you doing your job? Do you produce? Do you do what we have done in practice? It doesn’t matter the score. It shouldn’t matter, especially for a young player who has the opportunity to come out and show what he can do.

“If they go out there and do it, then you know pretty early on that they can handle whatever happens. In a game, there is a lot to process. Sometimes in practice it’s very segmented. You get three or four games in a row and then you catch your breath. But when you’re in a game, there’s a lot going on. Things can get foggy very quickly. But some guys, they thrive in that environment.

In practice, Curry cut his teeth on the scout team, where he notably acted as a presumptive first-round pick Isaiah Foskey before the victory over the Fighting Irish. He did so well too, that senior attacking tackle Dawand Jones suggested he would be a top 10 pick going forward.

Of course, that’s high praise for someone just starting their college career. But Jones isn’t the only one captivated by Curry’s potential.

“Caden is a guy, that’s what I noticed early on when I got here because he’s got a great first step and he’s tough,” the defensive coordinator said. Jim Knowles said. “He’s just one of those guys who can get into position to make plays, like just bouncing off people, twisting, turning around and throwing a fit.

“I think he showed he can play and he can definitely be in the game. He proved himself with Stage 1, going in there and making plays. It will give him more opportunities. »

Whether or not Curry can find a role in this year’s team remains to be seen, especially with the fifth-year seniors. tyler friday and Javontae Jean-BaptisteSenior Zach Harrison and sophomores Jack Sawyer and JT Tuimoloau ahead of him on the depth chart.

However, a similar performance in this weekend’s game against Toledo could be another step towards Curry finding himself in meaningful situations down the road.

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“The more he plays, the more likely he’s going to find a role for himself,” Day said. “He is very, very productive. He’s been productive since he arrived here. You can see that when he’s on the pitch… Every time these guys can play they learn a lot, so good start for him.


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