Stillwater — Oklahoma State is expected to recognize 26 seniors on Saturday, with eight seniors in the group. The rest will get an additional year of eligibility if they choose to use it.
OSU hosts West Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, where Senior Day activities are scheduled to take place before kickoff.
Here’s a look at Ohio State University’s seniors:
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Players not eligible to return next season:
Sion Asi, Defensive Tackle: After transferring from Snow College in Utah, Asi spent four seasons at Ohio State University, and was redshirted in 2019. He has appeared in 38 career games, every one of which he started this season. He has 44 tackles for 11.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks in his career.
Tanner Brown, co-worker: Added to the roster last year simply to handle kickoffs, the Browns handled the starting quarterback job five games into the season and have been stellar, hitting 36 of his 41 field goals and all 75 of his extra points the past two seasons. .
Brendon Evers, Defensive Tackle: The 6-year-old had to resign earlier this year after shoulder injuries sidelined him, but he has been a crucial player on the Cowboys’ standout defensive lines the past few seasons. Over 52 career games, he had 46 tackles for 7.5 sacks for a 4.0 sandbag loss.
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Matt Hembre, Long Snapper: Regarded as one of the best kickers in the country, Hembrough has had no accident over the past three seasons, serving on all kicks, field goals, and extra points. The Leslie, Illinois, native was on the watch list for the Patrick Manley Award which is given to the nation’s best tall player.
Vance Hopper, receiver: A running back who transferred to OSU after two seasons at Southern Nazarene, McKinney, Texas, appeared in two career games while also serving as a valuable scouting team player.
Brydon Johnson, receiver: Slowed by injuries for most of the past two seasons, Johnson has been a reliable receiver his entire career, totaling 1,255 yards and eight touchdowns in 44 games. He has three 100-yard games, two of which have come this season.
Brock Martin, Defensive End: A stalwart on the Cowboy defense for several years, Martin has 137 tackles for loss, 36 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and 21 hurries at linebacker over his 60-game career. Despite suffering from multiple injuries over the years, he never missed more than one game in a season.
CJ Tate, receiver: Former OSU quarterback Tony Jones’ nephew is from Putnam City North High School, and went on to walk after starting his career at Tabor College. He has been an important member of the scouting team and has appeared in eight games this season as a backup receiver and special teams player.
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Players who are eligible for the Senior Players Season if they choose to use it:
Xavier Benson, linebacker: Benson is listed as a starter, but a fifth-year player because he dropped out of the 2020 season. In one year at OSU, Tyler, Texas, had 63 tackles as a starting linebacker.
Lamont Bishop, linebacker: A junior college transfer who has been a regularly used backup over the past two seasons, compiling 22 tackles, a sacks and a safety in 24 games.
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Braden Cassetti, tight end: Recruited as a defensive end, Cassetti switched to tight end as a sophomore and became a regular starter. Although he was used as a blocker, he caught 10 passes for 128 yards in the past two seasons.
Sean Michael Flanagan, safety: Flanagan has been a regular on special teams, waiting his turn to become a defensive starter this season. For his career, he appeared in 46 games, making 78 tackles with five pass breakups.
Alex Hill, Venue Assistant: An ACL tear in November 2020 derailed a strong season for the Australian, who was 13-of-14 in field goals that year. He has primarily served as a backup to Tanner Brown the past two seasons.
Thomas Harper, Safety: Although injuries limited him this season, Harper was a regular over his four years at Stillwater, appearing in 42 games and making 94 tackles with two interceptions.
Tom Hutton, the gambler: He has already announced that he will not be staying for a senior season. The 32-year-old and his wife plan to return to Australia after obtaining his Building Technology Certificate in May. Hutton was an accomplished target punter, averaging 41.4 yards per punt for his career with 93 dropped balls inside 20 and just 11 touchdowns in 233 career attempts.
Ben Kopinski, Defensive End: A walk-on non-recruiter who earned a spot on the team by trial, Kopinski worked his way into the playing rotation among a talented group of defensive ends. He appeared in 25 games, recording 13 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Tyler Lacey, Defensive Lineman: Lacey’s strength, which started four years ago, and — and more recently, versatility — have been highly valued to the Cowboy defense. He has 113 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 44 career games.
Nathan Lato, defensive end: A junior college transfer who became an impact player this season, racking up 11 tackles with 3.5 for loss and 3.0 sacks.
Rylan McQuarters, receiver: The son of former Cowboy RW McQuarters walked that season and was suitable for most games, playing in one game.
Spencer Sanders, quarterback: One of the most decorated quarterbacks in OSU history, Sanders would finish the season at or near the top of the charts in several major statistical categories. He is currently second only to Mason Rudolph in school history for wins, passing yards and total offense, while holding the school record for rushing yardage by a quarterback.
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Carson Shelton, attacking lineman: A classmate of Sanders’ high school in Denton (Texas), Ryan Shelton is a walk-on transfer to Ohio State University from Angelo State.
Jason Taylor II, safety: Known for his knack for making big plays in crucial situations, Taylor was a longtime special teams contributor before becoming a starter last year. For his career, Midwest City native and Carl Albert Hay has 159 tackles and seven interceptions in 52 games.
Samuela Tuihalamaka, defensive tackle: Another key defensive lineman on this list, Tuihalamaka played in 32 games, collecting 47 tackles for 8.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks in his career.
Canyon Williams, safety: The Dallas native has been a regular on special teams throughout his career, compiling 35 tackles in the 42 games he has played.
Hunter Woodard, attacking lineman: Now in his third year as a starter, although he missed several games due to injury, Woodard has been a very reliable blocker throughout his career.
Zeke Zaragoza, the long snapper: Tour has provided support for Hembrow for the past three seasons, and has seen action in four matches.
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