Ohio State '22 OH LB (JR) - C.J. Hicks

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    One of the great mysteries of the 2022 season............Hicks did not get one defensive snap.........5 star elite athlete........

     
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    Jim Knowles’ philosophy on lineup continuity meant Tommy Eichenberg and Steele Chambers more or less had linebacker reps under lock and key in 2022. As such, even a five-star prospect like Hicks – the top-ranked recruit in the Buckeyes’ 2022 class – didn’t see a single defensive snap as a true freshman. That didn’t stop Hicks from seeing the field on special teams, though, as the Dayton native appeared on Parker Fleming’s unit in every game other than the season opener. Hicks suffered what seemed like a serious leg injury on special teams against Michigan, but wound up returning to play in the Peach Bowl in a knee brace.

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    Both Eichenberg and Chambers will be back for the Buckeyes in 2023, which means they’ll likely see the lion’s share of linebacker reps once again. Even beyond those two, Cody Simon is back after logging 233 snaps as a third-year linebacker. But with Palaie Gaoteote looking likely to depart from the program and Chip Trayanum possibly remaining in the running back room, there may be second-team opportunities available for Hicks at Will.
     
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    • On C.J. Hicks: "Great athlete, really good kid, good energy. Good team guy." Knowles said he handled not playing much "really well" as a true freshman. Knowles says there's "some learning" that must take place for a linebacker in his defense. "I'm really just looking for improvement from C.J. ... I haven't put any kind of timeline on him yet."
     
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