Elyria High graduates Chase Farris and Tracy Sprinkle are spending the holidays at home in Elyria and will not be a part of Ohio State’s Orange Bowl game against Clemson on Jan. 3.
But both expect to make an impact on next year’s Buckeyes football team.
Farris, who injured his ACL on Nov. 19, the Tuesday prior to the Indiana game, is rehabbing after surgery two weeks ago. He said he’s already walking on the knee and expects to be ready for the start of next season.
Farris started one game and saw action in seven this season.
“I’m not really sure if I’ll be back on defense or offense,” Farris said. “I’m working hard — trying to get better every day.”
The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Farris was moved from the offensive line to defense to give the Buckeyes better depth on the defensive line.
His position coach, Mike Vrabel, was pleased with his work this season.
“Chase has shown great versatility throughout his career at Ohio State,” Vrabel said. “He is an outstanding student who routinely carries a 3.0 gpa. He was a contributing to our defensive line rotation when he was injured. He is a fierce competitor who will rehab tirelessly to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Farris will be a junior next fall and is a consumer and family financial services major.
The 6-2 Sprinkle is expected to be red-shirted after not playing this fall as a true freshman defensive tackle. He expects to play at 275-280 pounds and “maintain my speed.”
“Tracy continues to improve each day on and off the field,” Vrabel said. “We are pleased with his progress and look forward to seeing his toughness and positive attitude take him to the next step in his career.”
Sprinkle hopes to win a spot on the defensive line rotation next year.
“That’s the goal,” he said. “College is quite a change from high school, but I love Ohio State.”
Sprinkle credits Farris with a lot of help on campus.
“He’s kind of taken me under his wing and showed me around,” Sprinkle said. “It’s been a big help.”
“It’s nice to have him here,” Farris said. “He’s working hard. It’ll be special if we can both be on the field at the same time next year.”