Ohio State '22 IN DE (JR) - Caden Curry

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    CADEN CURRY

    The only scholarship freshman to get playing time in every regular-season game was Caden Curry. The defensive end from Indiana’s Center Grove High School leads the 2022 class with 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

    Against Arkansas State, Curry tallied a season-high four tackles and a six-yard tackle for loss. However, his best play of the season came on special teams against Iowa.

    Trailing 13-7 and facing 4th-and-6 from his own 30, Kirk Ferentz sent the Hawkeyes' punt team onto the field. Tory Taylor received the snap and rolled right to punt the ball away. When the punter gave a quick glance down the field, he spotted an open field and decided to run for the first down.

    Curry, along with Xavier Johnson and Lathan Ransom, spotted Taylor trying to make a play and made him pay. All three players converged on Iowa's punter and Curry buried him into Ohio Stadium's synthetic turf for a turnover on downs. The Buckeyes took over at the Hawkeyes' 34-yard line and six plays later extended the lead to 16-7.

    Throughout the season Curry was called on for regular duty on the kickoff, kickoff return and PAT/FG units. With a combined 267 snaps on defense and special teams, Curry has seen the most action of any Ohio State freshman in 2022.
     
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    The second freshman to see his black stripe removed last spring, Curry was also the lone scholarship freshman to appear in every game in 2022 – special teams or otherwise. The four-star edge rusher out of Indiana logged 78 defensive snaps, only fewer than J.T. Tuimoloau, Zach Harrison, Jack Sawyer and Javontae Jean-Baptiste among defensive ends, and also made multiple standout plays on special teams. Chief among them was his fourth-down stop on a fake punt attempt by Iowa during the Buckeyes’ 54-10 win on Oct. 22. In total, Curry was credited with 14 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack as a true freshman.

    2023 OUTLOOK

    Given Ohio State’s efforts to get Curry on the field in his first year, Buckeye fans should get a more extended look at the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defender in year two. That will be easier with Harrison and Jean-Baptiste both exiting the program, which leaves Curry as the returning Buckeye defense end with the third-most snaps played in 2022. Perhaps Curry could also see an expanded role as Jim Knowles’ Jack in 2023, should Sawyer see more time as a traditional edge.
     
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    • Curry said he lost some speed in the process of gaining weight last year, so he’s trying to get that back. He currently weighs 260 pounds, which is 10-15 pounds heavier than when he arrived at Ohio State, but thinks he’s gotten “a lot more looser and faster this offseason.”
    • Curry said he thinks he and his fellow defensive linemen “definitely are understanding and communicating better as a whole unit.”
    • Curry was honored that Zach Harrison identified him as a player to watch during his press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I really looked up to him last year as a player.”
     
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    • Johnson said Caden Curry is over 260 pounds now and “much stronger. What you expect from Caden Curry, what you saw in high school, you’re starting to see it now.”
     
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