COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeye football team will be well represented with college graduates in the 105th Rose Bowl Game against Washington Jan. 1 in Pasadena. Five more student-athletes graduated today in commencement ceremonies at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, giving Ohio State football 11 graduates on its roster heading into the Rose Bowl.
Headlining those who graduated today are a pair of all-Big Ten Conference performers: wide receiver Parris Campbell and defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones, both of whom received their bachelor’s degree in sociology. Campbell is one of the top receivers in the country with 79 receptions for 992 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jones is second on the team in tackles for loss (13.0) and quarterback (sacks 8.5) and fifth with 40 tackles.
Wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, a fifth-year receiver who battled injuries his first three years but has been a shining star for the team with 15 receiving touchdowns the past two years, also graduated with his degree in sociology. He and Campbell are team co-captains.
Starter Malcolm Pridgeon, a left guard who came to Ohio State after two seasons at Nassau Community College in New York, received his degree today in human development and family science.
The fifth Buckeye to graduate today was offensive lineman Brady Taylor, who received his degree in family resource management.
The five join a group of current Buckeye graduates that includes LB Dante Booker, QB Chris Chugunov, DE Jashon Cornell, OG Demetrius Knox, WR Terry McLaurin and K Sean Nuernberger.