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A pair of freshman have contributed in a big way for the Buckeyes early.
Defensively, Joey Bosa has been playing way beyond his years. The 6'6", 275-pound defensive end stepped into a starting role when Adolphus Washington suffered a groin injury, and despite his youth, he's been dominant.
Through six games, Bosa has notched 16 total tackles and ranks third on the team with four tackles for loss. He played his best game as a Buckeye against Northwestern, registering five tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovered in the end zone for a defensive touchdown.
Offensively, speedy playmaker Dontre Wilson has made an impact.
Wilson has run for 142 yards on 15 carries and has caught 11 passes for 105 yards. He's averaging 9.5 yards per touch and scored his first (and only) collegiate touchdown in Week 2 against San Diego State.
Other first-year players such as Ezekiel Elliott, Trey Johnson and Vonn Bell have seen a good amount of playing time early.