Ohio State celebrated the graduation of ten outstanding football players this past Sunday, marking a significant achievement both on and off the field. Among these graduates, four continue to contribute their talent and dedication to the Buckeyes’ roster for the 2024 season, showcasing the university’s commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.

These student-athletes represent the epitome of hard work and perseverance, balancing the demands of football with their academic pursuits. Their dedication has earned them degrees across various disciplines, preparing them for success beyond the football field. From family resource management to health sciences and zoology, these graduates exemplify the diverse interests and talents fostered at Ohio State.

Notably, Ty Hamilton, Patrick Gurd, Chad Ray, and Max Lomonico are not only excelling on the field but are also making strides in their academic journeys. Ty Hamilton, projected as a starting player on the defensive line, has demonstrated his prowess with 38 total tackles in the 2023 season. Patrick Gurd, who began as a preferred walk-on, has emerged as a leader in the tight end group, showcasing the importance of perseverance and dedication.

While these four players continue to shine for the Scarlet and Gray, their teammates who graduated this past weekend, including Quinton Burke, Sam Hart, Parker Lewis, Cam Martinez, Andrew Moore, and Xavier Johnson, have also made significant contributions to the Ohio State football program.

Even as some players pursue opportunities beyond Ohio State, such as Xavier Johnson signing with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent, they carry with them the lessons learned and values instilled during their time as Buckeyes. Johnson’s journey from preferred walk-on to scholarship captain is a testament to the transformative power of education and athletics combined.

Beyond the gridiron, Ohio State remains committed to supporting its student-athletes in their academic endeavors. With a total of 11 graduates on the current roster, including players who earned degrees in marketing, communication, finance, and human development and family services, the university emphasizes the importance of education for life after football.

As these student-athletes continue to excel on and off the field, they serve as ambassadors for Ohio State’s values of excellence, integrity, and lifelong learning. Their achievements highlight the university’s dedication to shapin