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Ohio State football names nine captains for 2017 season

(Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

With the 2017 season set to kick off in nine days for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the team is busy preparing for their primetime matchup in Bloomington, Indiana against the Hoosiers on August 31. Head coach Urban Meyer announced the nine players who have the honor of being the team captains for the upcoming season1 : Quarterback J.T. Barrett, wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, defensive linemen Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Tracy Sprinkle, center Billy Price and linebacker Chris Worley.

All nine are entering either their fourth or fifth year with the Buckeyes. Campbell, McLaurin, and Hubbard are redshirt juniors while the other six are either true seniors or fifth-year seniors.

J.T. Barrett

He is the first three-time captain in Ohio State football’s storied 128-season history. Although Barrett received flak for how he performed in 2016, that is quite an accomplishment. The quarterback will look to lead the Buckeyes back to the College Football Playoff for the third time in four years this fall.

Wide receivers

One of the position groups with the most to prove, Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin will help lead the wide outs to a much better 2017 than the year they had in 2016. Although they may be inexperienced, there is plenty of talent on the outside for Barrett to use.

Defensive linemen

Arguably the best defensive line in the country, it’s not a surprise that four of the nine captains are defensive linemen. Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Tracy Sprinkle will help lead the defensive front to dominate in the trenches.

Billy Price

Mr. Versatility on the Browns’ offensive line since coming to Columbus, Price will play his final season as a Buckeye at the most important position on the line: center. His leadership alone proves the kind of player he is and Meyer needs him to be a leader. Price is one of the many reasons why so many have such high expectations for Ohio State.

Chris Worley

Over the years, the Buckeyes have seen plenty of linebackers advance onto the NFL. While this year may not be much different, this is Worley’s last chance to prove himself, something that he is not only prepared for, but ready to take advantage of as well.

In 2014, Sprinkle was dismissed from the team. After being allowed back on the team shortly thereafter, he changed his mindset and was ready to go. When he was announced as a team captain, he called his family. It was a special phone call, to say the least.

  1. Nine captains is the most in program history. []