The Ohio State linebacker refuses to let accidents sideline him for the sport in opposition to Michigan

Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg does not let a pair of injured arms gradual him down, even in observe.

The red-shirted teenager had seen bruises on his arms throughout his media availability earlier this week, however stated he would not let accidents preserve him out of the lineup for the massive upcoming recreation in opposition to the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.

After Ohio State’s recreation in opposition to Maryland on November 19, considered one of Eichenberg’s teammates implied that the linebacker had damaged his arms. When reporters requested Eichenberg whether or not the bones in his arms have been really damaged, he replied with, “I am unsure. They really feel good, although.”

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Tommy Eichenberg of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends against the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium on November 19, 2022, in College Park, Md.

Tommy Eichenberg of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends in opposition to the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium on November 19, 2022, in Faculty Park, Md.
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Eichengberg stated many different gamers play by way of ache.

“It could take so much to cease me from taking part in, particularly with this group, this protection,” Eichenberg stated through Eleven Warriors. “Everybody who’s nonetheless taking part in soccer proper now, everyone seems to be battling various things. Everybody has ache each time they’re nonetheless on the pitch. So folks have various things to take care of.”

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Eichenberg’s coaches have been impressed by his persistence.

“Tommy is as powerful as them, as powerful as any participant I have been with,” stated defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. “He embodies what we wish to be as a protection, and I believe, as a program as a result of nothing goes to cease him. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances of the damage are, he’ll present up.”

Dexter Williams II (5) of the Indiana Hoosiers attempts to get past Tommy Eichenberg (35) and Michael Hall Jr. (51) of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter of a game at Ohio Stadium on November 12, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

Dexter Williams II (5) of the Indiana Hoosiers makes an attempt to get previous Tommy Eichenberg (35) and Michael Corridor Jr. (51) of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the course of the second quarter of a recreation at Ohio Stadium on November 12, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.
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The ache didn’t have a noticeable affect on the Ohio State linebacker’s taking part in efficiency. He recorded 13 tackles within the Buckeyes’ 43-30 win over the Maryland Terrapins.

Eichenberg additionally stated the damage has made him extra essentially strong as he tackles.

Ohio State defensive end Jack Sawyer (33), safety Ronnie Hickman (14), linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35), safety Tanner McCalister (15) and cornerback Denzel Burke (10) converge on wide receiver of the Maryland Jacob Copeland (2) during a game Nov. 19, 2022, at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Md.

Ohio State defensive finish Jack Sawyer (33), security Ronnie Hickman (14), linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35), security Tanner McCalister (15) and cornerback Denzel Burke (10) converge on huge receiver of the Maryland Jacob Copeland (2) throughout a recreation Nov. 19, 2022, at Capital One Discipline at Maryland Stadium in Faculty Park, Md.
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Like his teammates, Eichenberg is guided by reminiscences of final season’s loss to Michigan. The protection performed largely poorly in the course of the contest, however this 12 months’s recreation presents a chance for redemption.

The sport additionally carries big implications for the school soccer playoffs. Ohio State is the second ranked group, whereas Michigan is available in at No. 3 within the newest CFP rating.

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This season, Eichenberg is an All-American candidate. He recorded 105 whole tackles, 12 tackles for loss and a couple of 1/2 sacks.