Ohio will not have a veteran defender.
Justin Hilliard will be sidelined from Buckeyes’ match against Penn State on Saturday, according to Lettermen Row, after his quick-response test of COVID-19 turned positive. Although he took a PCR test negative to allow him to be on the sidelines, he would not be allowed to compete, according to reports.
During his sixth year at Ohio State, Hilliard didn’t play in Week 1’s 35-point win over Nebraska after being ruled a decisive match, and now he will have to wait much longer to make his debut. If confirmed, a positive coronavirus test will leave him inactive for 21 days, according to Big Ten policy.
Buckeyes, once again, will rely on the starters Pete Werner, Tuf Borland and Baron Browning and the substitutes for Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant and K̵7;Vaughan Pope.
Hilliard, the one-time five-star player from Cincinnati, is expected to play in a strong winger role alongside Browning this season. During a ups and downs and traumatic career, he has amassed 51 tackles, including four tackles and one interception.