Nov. 29, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan is the Big Ten Conference defensive player of the week for his efforts in Ohio State’s dramatic and pulsating, 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan Saturday in front of a record crowd of 110,045 at Ohio Stadium.
McMillan, a junior captain from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School, led the Buckeyes with a career-high 16 tackles including a half-TFL for a loss of one-yard. He also had a quarterback hurry and pass deflection of a Wilton Speight pass in the end zone that Malik Hooker intercepted and returned 16 yards for Ohio State’s first touchdown of the game.
All three of Ohio State’s linebackers had career tackling days in the victory. Sophomore Jerome Baker set a personal-best with 15 stops and Chris Worley did the same with 11, giving the talented trio 42 total tackles for the game.
McMillan, who leads the Buckeyes with 87 tackles, and Baker are each semifinalists for the Butkus Award. McMillan is also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Ohio State’s defense ranks 4th nationally in total defense, 1st in passing efficiency defense, 4th in scoring defense and 15th in rushing defense.