Buckeye DT Haskell Garrett to skip Rose Bowl

Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett will not play in this weekend’s Rose Bowl, it was announced today.

Garrett is opting out, which will end his Buckeye career, but not before he earned a tree in Buckeye Grove last year after being named First-Team All-American in 2020.

Garrett surprised everybody a little over a year ago when he chose to utilize the NCAA’s free year and came back this season as a “super senior.”

As a graduate senior this season, Garrett posted 22 tackles and a team-leading 7.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also scored a touchdown on a fumble return to clinch the season-opening win at Minnesota.

Garrett played sparingly as a freshman in 2017, seeing action in seven games. He was a valuable member of the defensive tackle rotation in 2018 and 2019. Garrett was shot in the face prior to his senior season but returned to the field in a relatively short amount of time. He started every game in 2020 and played well enough to earn All-America honors. He finished 2020 with 20 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, and 2.0 sacks. He also had an interception return for a touchdown.

Garrett came to Ohio State from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas where he was one of the nation’s top defensive tackle prospects. He finished his career as a Buckeye captain and All-American.

Certainly hope everyone else can step up.