Big Ten’s decision has impact for local players on those college rosters

Shaun Wade of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a pass intended for Bo Melton of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter at SHI Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) (Elsa, 2019 Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News of the Big Ten’s decision, and later, the Pac-12′s, to cancel fall sports was a dagger across college football on Tuesday.

The area has more than a dozen players on the rosters of football teams in the Big Ten and one Jacksonville native on the roster at a Pac-12 program.

For a player like Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade, a recent graduate of the school and a prospective first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, it may not sting from a future standpoint as bad as it will for others. But Wade returned for his redshirt junior season in 2020 and bypassed the NFL draft this year where he would have been a first- or second-round pick.

A look at players with area ties who will be affected with Tuesday’s decision.

Pos. Player, College, Local tie

WR Edwin Carter, Illinois, Sandalwood

RB Marcus Crowley, Ohio State, Trinity Christian

OL Curtis Dunlap, Minnesota, Lee**

CB Tyreke Johnson, Ohio State, Trinity Christian

WR TJ Jones, Penn State, Columbia

DB Devon Matthews, Indiana, Ribault

DB Glen Miller, Maryland, Ridgeview

RB Dedrick Mills, Nebraska, Ware County

DB Tahveon Nicholson, Illinois, Lee

DL Deon Pate, Illinois, Trinity Christian

S Tyrese Ross, Washington State, Trinity Christian*

LB Derrick Smith, Illinois, Trinity Christian

CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State, Trinity Christian

WR Isaiah Washington, Rutgers, Trinity Christian

S Deontai Williams, Nebraska, Trinity Christian

* Played his first two seasons at Trinity before transferring to Atlanta Westlake.

** Played his first season at Lee before transferring to IMG Academy.

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.