Ohio State Overview: Demario McCall enters his fourth year with the Ohio State program as a veteran of 20 career games and plenty of memorable plays … he has nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards to his credit and averages nearly 10 yards every time he touches the ball … last season, he appeared in 10 games and made one of the key plays in the Buckeyes’ 52-51 overtime win at Maryland – a 42-yard kick return with under two minutes to play in regulation that set Ohio State up for a game-tying touchdown drive … McCall led the team last year with an average of 19.5 yards per kick return … he caught nine passes on the season for 110 yards, an average of 12.2 yards per catch … as a sophomore in 2017, McCall had six rush or receiving plays over 20 yards off just 69 touches and he averaged 7.9 yards per touch on offense … he has long rushes of 48 yards (TD) vs. Rutgers last year and 39 vs. Rutgers in 2016, and long receptions of 36 yards (TD) vs. Bowling Green in 2016 and 32 yards vs. Maryland in 2016 … has a 30-yard rush and reception in each of his first two seasons of play … played in five games in 2016 and accumulated 270 rushing yards – at the time, the most by a Buckeye true freshman in 10 years – and scored three touchdowns … rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown vs. Rutgers, 73 vs. Nebraska and 53 and a score vs. Maryland … McCall is an Academic all-Big Ten Conference honoree and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in sport industry.
Honors and Awards
2017: OSU Scholar-Athlete
2016: OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Demario: Two-time Associated Press all-state running back Demario McCall was a consensus 4-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) who was highly regarded nationally as a running back and athlete … ESPN rated McCall as the No. 2 running back in the class with 247Sports and Rivals ranking him as their respective No. 2 all-purpose backs … overall, he was ranked No. 38 on the ESPN 300, No. 44 by 247Sports and No. 66 on the Rivals 100 … the No. 34 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … missed four games due to injury as a senior, but still managed to rush for 621 yards and score nine touchdowns, including scores on runs of 45, 54, 57, 66, 67 and 76 yards … named first-team all-state as a junior in 2014 after a 2,302-yard rushing season with 35 touchdowns … included was a 433-yard, six-touchdown game vs. Elyria Catholic … in 2014 helped coach Luke Durbin and North Ridgeville to its first state playoff appearance since 2009 … had 1,562 yards rushing with 25 touchdowns as a sophomore and was named third-team all-state … finished with 4,519 career rushing yards and 69 touchdowns, including 94- and 90-yard TDs … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … is the son of Rhonda Young and Jermaine Bennett.