Jalin Marshall says Ohio State’s national championship means everything.
The Buckeyes defeated Oregon 42-20in front of a reported crowd of 85,689 and a highly-rated ESPN audience in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Arlington, Texas.
“I will never forget this game or this season,” Marshall told Cincinnati.com Tuesday morning.
Marshall, the freshman H-back from Middletown, had a team-high five receptions for 52 yards and played a key role on special teams on Monday night. He had an excellent first quarter, including an incredibly athletic reception near the sideline.
Marshall’s punt return gave the Buckeyes good field position to help set up Ohio State’s go-ahead touchdown to lead 14-7 – a lead it never dropped.
Marshall had three punt returns for 32 yards, including a long of 17 yards.
Ohio senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier (Middletown) also knocked down a key pass in the game.
Fairfield coach Jason Krause, who coached Marshall and Frazier at Middletown, told Cincinnati.com early Tuesday morning he’s incredibly proud of both players.
“What a tremendous effort by the Buckeyes and I’m so proud to have coached a couple of Buckeyes,” Krause said.
Joe Ramstetter still couldn’t believe he was a national champion on Tuesday morning. The Ohio State sophomore wide receiver and Elder graduate said Monday night’s win over Oregon and everything surrounding it at AT&T Stadium was surreal.
Ohio State junior safety Kevin Niehoff (Mason) went a step further.
“It’s the greatest thing in the world,” Niehoff told Cincinnati.com Tuesday morning. “The highest achievement in college football. Last night is something I will remember forever.”
Ramstetter said he didn’t sleep much Tuesday morning, but it didn’t matter.
”I’ll never forget standing on that stage with all my teammates as the fans were still going crazy as the confetti fell,” Ramstetter told Cincinnati.com Tuesday morning. “It was something special.”
Two hours of sleep and not a worry about his overuse of his voice from hours earlier, Kerry Coombs felt pure joy early Tuesday morning in Texas.
And yes, he was already thinking about his next recruiting stops.
Coombs, the Ohio State assistant football coach also known locally in Cincinnati for his prior success as a UC assistant and Colerain head coach, was on cloud nine Monday night into Tuesday morning.
“It’s a little surreal and overwhelming,” Coombs told Cincinnati.com in a text Tuesday morning. “This was never really a part of the plan. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to be enjoying this when I know there are so many other coaches who are every bit as good or better than I am.”
Coombs was seen celebrating in the postgame in photos tweeted early Tuesday morning. He was ecstatic over the national title for the Buckeyes (14-1).
Coombs also won national championship in 1980 as a defensive back on the University of Dayton’s Division III title team.
Coombs, a 1979 Colerain graduate, compiled a 161-34 record as head coach with the Cardinals prior to UC. He won the Division I state title in ’04 and the Cardinals had 10 playoff appearances.
“I’ve been the recipient of a gift that has been given to me by hundreds of great high school football players and a couple of dozen coaches,” Coombs said. “I am here because of them and I will forever be in their debt.”
Coombs said his voice will bounce back and he is already looking ahead to what he can do to improve the Buckeyes.
“Hitting the recruiting trail Wednesday night,” Coombs said.
Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (Taft) had three tackles, including 1.5 sacks. He was a key part of the Buckeyes’ defense that mostly contained Oregon in the first half.
Ohio State women’s assistant basketball coach Mark Mitchell, who coached Washington and Oregon wide receiver Dwayne Stanford in basketball at Taft, had mixed emotions Monday night.
“I hurt for one and am happy for another,” Mitchell said.
Stanford, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, had four receptions for 61 yards including a long reception of 28 yards, according to ESPN.com.
Mitchell said he was proud of both players in the game.
For Washington, who has drawn serious interest from NFL scouts, all the effort he invested after making adjustments in Columbus helped yielded the ultimate team prize, Mitchell said.
“He kept true to the things we always talked about: ‘Shut up and work,'” Mitchell said. “So I’m extremely proud of his mental toughness that is what’s going to allow him continued success.”
Success runs in the Burger family. Ohio State linebacker Joe Burger (La Salle) joins his father, Dr. Robert Burger, as a national champion.
Dr. Burger, the head team physician at Xavier University and La Salle High School among other duties around the area, was a member of the 1977 Notre Dame national champion football team.
“I’m so very proud of Joe,” said Mount St. Joseph offensive coordinator Tom Grippa, who was formerly the La Salle coach. “What a thrill to be able to win on that stage.”
Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this season, is a national champion after winning back-to-back state titles at Moeller his junior and senior seasons.
“Sam is a guy who will learn from this experience and put it to use next year,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said.
Cincinnati-area players on the Ohio State roster (with links to pre-game features)