Starting this season, college football players will be required to wear pants that will cover a player’s knee pads. The new uniform code is not being well received by some players, including Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.
“The fact that we have to wear our pants so low, now I’m going to feel like a baseball player,” Dixon said, according to Lori Schmidt of Gridiron Now.
The need to cover the knees is designed to protect the knees. The idea is players will wear knee pads. Knee injuries are no joke, but covering the knee with pants isn’t going to protect any player from a torn ACL or other serious knee injuries.
Of course, this is not the first time a uniform enforcement has not been received warmly by Ohio State football players. A rule to stop players from exposing their abs was seen as some as a response to the signature look of former Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott.
A year after losing on the road to Ohio State 58-0, the first half brought back plenty of bad memories for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers played tough early on in a home game against No. 11 Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are rolling to another blowout win against one of the newest Big Ten members with a 35-0 lead at halftime in New Jersey.
The Buckeyes worked their way to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter as the teams jostled field position before Mike Weber picked up his first touchdown of the season. Ohio State took control of the game in the second quarter with three touchdowns, including a second touchdown run by Weber to cap a drive of 87 yards. J.T. Barrett also kept the offense going by bailing Ohio State out of a three-and-out on 3rd-and-17 with a 70-yard pass to Johnnie Dixon after keeping a play alive.
Barrett added a second touchdown pass on a 39-yard pass down the left sideline after Dixon somehow kept his feet in bounds for the score. By the time the game reached halftime, Weber added two more scores as well. Barrett has passed for 216 yards and two scores. Rutgers has just 72 yards of offense.
No disrespect to Rutgers here, because head coach Chris Ash knows he has a long way to go with this program, but Ohio State is simply demonstrating how much stronger, faster, athletic, and confident they are than their opponent tonight.
Ohio State’s Braxton Miller will without much doubt be one of the more intriguing players to follow around this season, whether by drone or just through the miracle of television. If you are looking for him on the playing field at any point though, you will not see Miller wearing his familiar No. 5. He has changed uniform numbers.
Miller is switching to No. 1 this season in a move that he says is representative of a new era.
Hey, whatever motivation works for you.
Ohio State previously had two players wearing the No. 1. Safety Eric Smith will likely continue wearing the number on defense. However, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon will be wearing a new number in order for Miller to take over No. 1 on offense. Dixon will be the one giving up the uniform number, and he will be taking over the now vacant No. 5.