A week ago, true freshman running back J.D. King made a splash in his first game as a Cowboy with a near 100-yard, 1-TD performance against Tulsa.
On Friday, it was more of the same for King. The Georgia native lead the team in rushing with 64 yards on 8 carries and has now clearly cemented his status as the second option behind Justice Hill as OSU prepares for its final non-conference game this weekend.
Fellow freshman and former four-star recruit Tylan Wallace joined King among the freshmen to make their mark in the box score this season with his first career reception that came from the arm of Keondre Wudtee for 7 yards.
On the other side of the ball, another true freshman — Thabo Mwaniki — made his first career start. Mwaniki finished the game with 3 unassisted tackles and most notably became the first OSU freshman to start on defense since Ramon Richards did it at cornerback in 2014.
Here’s a look at how the freshmen fared in Week 2 of action. We’ll be updating this tracker each week as the season progresses, although once conference play begins, I will be surprised to see the participant list grow more than what it is after this weekend’s tilt at Pitt.
|NAME||POS||DEBUT||S. Alabama result||SEASON LINE|
|J.D. King||RB||Tulsa||8 carries, 64 yards||14 carries, 159 yards, 1 TD|
|Tylan Wallace||WR||Tulsa||1 rec, 7 yards||1 rec, 7 yards|
|Thabo Mwaniki||S||Tulsa||3 solo tackles||5 solo tackles|