The senior recorded a season-high 14 tackles, including two tackles for a loss in the Buckeyes’ 52-21 win over Wisconsin.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg was named the Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

The senior from Cleveland recorded a season-high 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss in The Buckeyes’ 52-21 win over Wisconsin. Eight of his tackles came in the first half as Ohio State built a 31-7 lead.

With his help, Ohio State held the Badgers to just 168 yards through the first three quarters and running back Bralon Allen to 67 yards on 15 carries.

Eichenberg shares the honor with Iowa’s Kaevon Meriweather.

This is Eichenberg’s first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career. The last Buckeye to receive this award was Tommy Togia in November 2020.

Earlier this year, the midfielder was named Bronko Nagurski the best player of the week in the national defense for the game against Notre Dame. He finished that game with nine tackles, adding three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Eichenberg leads the team in total tackles (33), tackles for loss (5.0 for minus-15 yards) and is tied with three other players with two sacks.

Through four games, Ohio State’s defense has ranked in the top 25 nationally in total defense (18th, 283.0 yards/game), passing defense (22nd, 171.8 yards/game), scoring defense (21 16.0 points/game) and tackles for loss (17th, 30.0).

The Buckeyes wrap up a five-game homestand Saturday when they host Rutgers at 3:30 p.m.

2022 Ohio State Players of the Week

September 12 – Marvin Harrison Jr. (7 receptions, 184 yards, 3 TDs vs. Arkansas State)

September 19 – CJ Stroud (22 of 27, 367 yards, 5 TDs vs. Toledo)

September 26 – Tommy Eichenberg (14 tackles, 2 TFL vs. Wisconsin)

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