Ohio State will have Chris Olave, its top wide receiver, back and ready to go for the team’s College Football Playoff matchup with Clemson.
Olave tested positive for COVID-19 last week, rendering him unable to play in Saturday’s Big Ten title game against Northwestern. Throughout the season, the Big Ten has required athletes to sit 21 days after a positive test.
That timeline would have left Olave out for the CFP semifinal against Clemson on January. However, the Big Ten reportedly changed its protocols today, declaring a player eligible to return after 17 days.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day confirmed Olave will be able to face the Tigers, via Eleven Warriors.
Ryan Day says Ohio State will get Chris Olave back in time to face Clemson after the Big Ten reduced its return-to-play rule to 17 days. https://t.co/oTNlBaeYgN
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 20, 2020
In five games this season, Olave hauled in 36 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns. His five receiving scores are tied for the most on the team, along with Garrett Wilson.
In last year’s College Football Playoff loss to Clemson, Olave caught three passes for 50 yards and a TD. His return should be a boon to quarterback Justin Fields, who struggled for much of Saturday’s game.
Ohio State and Clemson will meet in the Sugar Bowl at 8 p.m. ET on January 1. ESPN will broadcast the game.
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