Two Ohio State starters miss Penn State tilt

Credit: Darron Cummings

Credit: Darron Cummings

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jaxon Smith-Njigba did not play Saturday in Ohio State’s 44-31 win over Penn State.

The junior receiver who set Ohio State single-game and single-season receiving records last season has only played in three games as a result of a hamstring injury suffered in the season-opener against Notre Dame.

He returned from a three-game absence last week against Iowa and caught one pass for seven yards but did not play much in the second half. The Texas native has five catches for 43 yards this season after catching 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day explained his early exit last week as planned because Smith-Njigba was on a limited play count, and he did not rule him out during the week.

Sophomores Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. have played larger roles with Smith-Njigba sidelined, tallying 735 and 598 yards receiving respectively.

Cornerback Cam Brown was also out for the fourth time this season with an injury that has not been identified publicly. Redshirt freshman JK Johnson has been playing in his place when he can’t go.

No. 1 long snapper Bradley Robinson was also out after suffering an injury last week against the Hawkeyes.

Also unavailable were Omari Abor, Kam Babb, Caleb Burton, TC Coffey, Corban Cleveland, Lloyd McFarquhar, Mitchell Melton, Teradja Mitchell, Jalen Pace, Evan Pryor, Joe Royer and Kourt Williams.

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