Ohio State fans were justifiably concerned when star cornerback Shaun Wade ultimately sat out Saturday’s win over Michigan despite warming up.
But Ohio State head coach Ryan Day set fans minds at ease about Wade’s status for the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin next weekend.
In a Sunday teleconference, Day explained that Wade “wasn’t quite ready” to play on Saturday, but expects to have him next weekend.
Via Eleven Warriors:
“We just determined that he wasn’t quite ready,” Day said Sunday on a teleconference. “We wanted to be smart with that, and I think we made the right decision. We’ll just keep letting him heal up, and he should be ready to roll for this week.”
Ultimately, the Buckeyes didn’t need Wade as their scoring offense was able to more than double Michigan’s.
Ryan Day says Shaun Wade should be "ready to roll" in the Big Ten title game after sitting out the win against Michigan. https://t.co/9GxuzMuEGT
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Wade leads the team in passes defended with seven. He’s also second on the team in forced fumbles with two.
It certainly bodes well for Ohio State to have him back. Damon Arnette started in place of Wade but left the game with an injury of his own.
The Buckeyes head into the Big Ten Championship Game boasting the No. 4 scoring defense in college football. They’ll need all hands on deck to beat a Wisconsin team that has a top-10 scoring offense.
Ohio State and Wisconsin will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on FOX.