Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Garrett Wilson (5), Chris Olave (2) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) take the the field for the NCAA football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Ohio State Buckeyes At Michigan Wolverines

WRs Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave among Ohio State’s Rose Bowl opt-outs

Ohio State will play without a pair of top-tier wide receivers in the Rose Bowl, as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave opted out of the game, coach Ryan Day announced Monday.

Offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett also opted out for the Buckeyes’ bowl game against Utah.

Wilson, a junior, declared early for the NFL Draft. He and Olave are both projected to be early-round selections.

Wilson caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Ohio State, while Olave had 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes still will have leading receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has hauled in 80 catches for 1,259 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (2) makes a touchdown catch against Clemson Tigers cornerback Derion Kendrick (1) in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.  Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State WR Chris Olave to return for senior season

Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave will return to school for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft, he announced Monday.

Olave had 50 catches for 729 yards and seven touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season. In three seasons, he has 111 catches for 1,175 yards and 22 touchdowns.

“There are so many great memories but we’re not done yet,” Olave wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “I’ll be returning for my senior year at Ohio State.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Olave rated as the seventh-best receiver in this spring’s draft class if he had turned pro. The No. 7 wideout taken last year was Tee Higgins from Clemson at No. 33 overall.

Olave’s teammate, quarterback Justin Fields, announced earlier in the day that he was declaring for the draft.

–Field Level Media