- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The coaching staff hasn't been shy about putting true freshmen on the field.
But they've got to earn the playing time if the newcomers are going to take it away from veterans.
After chipping in some meaningful contributions over the first two games, Ohio State leaned almost exclusively on the guys who had been around for a while to pull out a 35-28 victory over California. While that doesn't mean any excitement has waned with a decorated recruiting class that will obviously be counted on heavily to get the Buckeyes back in contention for titles down the road, at least for one week the freshmen were largely relegated to the background.
"One common denominator about most of those guys, they're young and green," coach Urban Meyer said after the game. "We have to get them un-green here real quick because we need them."
The weekly glance at the contributions from the new class this time will focus on just two guys given the amount of production needed from those upperclassmen in the win over Cal. The non-conference finale on Saturday against UAB figures to provide more opportunities for the freshmen, though -- and with Big Ten play looming it might be an important audition for roles as the schedule gets tougher.
Position: Running back/kick returner
Stats sheet: One return for 22 yards; no rushing attempts or receptions