Buckeyes Players to Watch: National Championship

Shaun Wade

If Garrett and the defensive line do their job and force third and longs, it will be up to Shaun Wade and the secondary to make those stops. The secondary has been the worst unit for Ohio State this year and they will now face Heisman Trophy Winner, Devonta Smith and Jaylon Waddle, who is now likely to play in this one. Ohio State’s Secondary has given up almost 12 yards per completion this season, so that number needs to change. Wade, the Big 10 Defensive Back of Year, will need to play the game of his career to help Ohio State win their first national championship since 2014. Wade struggled against Clemson’s receivers in the semi-final, so he will be looking for redemption in an even tougher matchup. If Wade and the secondary get those key stops and make a few game-deciding plays, Ohio State could be on their way to an upset victory. Winning the national championship is already motivation enough for Wade, but he also has a chip on his shoulder after not entering the NFL Draft after last year. He wants to improve his draft stock, and there is no better opportunity than tonight’s game to do that and to be the next in a long line of 1st round cornerbacks from Ohio State.

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