Rose Bowl Game : He wanted to preserve his health, for an injury would have been the only deterrent from him becoming a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. His teammates supported him. His coaches supported him.
His family supported him. The majority of the fan base supported him, though a certain sector did not like the decision. Everything worked out. The Buckeyes won and he became the No. 4 overall selection in the draft.
Months ago, Nick Bosa chose to rehabilitate his core muscle injury with a focus toward the NFL instead of attempting to return for the tail end of this season. Other than him, though, no Ohio State player is expected to skip the bowl game to avoid an injury.
Though Meyer said it’s a “touchy situation,” he said he supports the players, whether or not they decide to play in the bowl game.
“It’s also the players that leave early for the NFL Draft, you know, you’d like to see everybody play, but I’ve been involved in those conversations and I certainly understand it,” Meyer said. “Denzel Ward, who he’s like a family member, Nick Bosa is certainly a family member.
And then you’ve got Dre’Mont, Mike Weber and others that made the decision to play. I try to avoid that. I don’t want to give my opinion because I don’t want someone to say, ‘Well, you told us to do this.’ Same thing with leaving early. If you ask our opinion, then I try to talk to the general managers, etc., to try to make sure we give them good advice, not opinion. And the same thing with playing, I avoid that.
“If they ask me this, it’s a family decision, we’ll support you either way.”
Only two players – Dre’Mont Jones and Mike Weber – have declared for the draft, but several others have decisions to make. Dwayne Haskins, K.J. Hill, Damon Arnette, Malik Harrison, Jordan Fuller, Michael Jordan and Kendall Sheffield, among others, could forgo eligibility to leave for the NFL.