Ohio State Overview: Damon Arnette is back for a fifth season with the Buckeyes and that is a good thing; a real good thing for a cornerback position that certainly didn’t need to lose two undergraduate starters to the NFL for the second time in three years … instead, Arnette will bring 40 games of experience and his 25 starts to Ohio State’s Saturdays this fall and, equally important, to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on a daily basis throughout the all-important winter, spring and summer months … Arnette has started on back-to-back Big Ten Conference championship teams – alongside first-round NFL Draft pick Denzel Ward in 2017 and fourth-round selection Kendall Sheffield in 2018 – and was an honorable mention all-Big Ten pick in 2018, for a second consecutive year, with 40 tackles, an interception and six pass break-ups on his resume … his interception came in the Big Ten championship game win over Northwestern … now has four career interceptions with two in 2017 (vs. UNLV and Michigan State) and one as a red-shirt freshman in 2016 vs. Nebraska … enters the season with 105 career tackles and 18 total passes defended (four interceptions and 14 pass break-ups) … played in 14 games in 2017, started 12 times and was sixth on the team with 44 tackles, in addition to recording eight PBUs and two interceptions … team’s defensive player of the game in the 2017 win over Michigan State … set career-bests with seven tackles vs. Oklahoma and six solo tackles vs. Indiana … played in all 13 games in 2016 after red-shirting the 2015 season … is majoring in communications.
Honors & Awards
2018: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
2017: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)
More on Damon: Arnette carried a 4-star rating from ESPN into signing day and came from the strong St. Thomas Aquinas program … Aquinas, coached by Rocco Casullo, captured two of the last three Florida 7A state championships, including in 2014 when Arnette was a senior … he was ranked as the No. 24 safety by ESPN and the No. 51 cornerback by Rivals … the 247Sports composite ranked him No. 60 at cornerback … he was ranked as the talent-rich Florida’s No. 83 prospect after recording three interceptions, five additional pass break-ups and three quarterback sacks as a senior … he earned honorable mention all-defensive team honors on Broward County’s Class 8A-7A-6A list.
ARNETTE’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR G-GS UA A TOT INT YDS FR PBU
2016 13-0 11 10 21 1 0 0 0
2017 14-12 35 9 44 2 35 1 8
2018 13-13 31 9 40 1 1 0 6
TOT 40-25 77 28 105 4 36 1 14