Trick: The Nick Bosa injury, withdrawal
Especially with the way that the Heisman Trophy race often colors the perception of college football, a defensive player truly has to be incredible to stand out in the landscape of the sport — aside from looking ahead to the NFL Draft. That being said, that made what Nick Bosa was doing for the Ohio State Buckeyes that much more impressive.
Though Bosa was surely aided by his name and who his brother was, his performance on the field most certainly spoke for himself. Last season and at the start of the 2018 campaign, he looked like an unstoppable force coming in off the edge, making himself an undeniable top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. For a defensive player, it was truly impressive how big of a star he was making himself.
That, however, all came crashing to a halt in the Buckeyes’ big win over the TCU Horned Frogs early in the season. Bosa suffered an injury that took him out mid-game and he did not return. It was later revealed that he’d need surgery and would miss more time, which then turned to him all-out withdrawing from Ohio State to focus on the draft.
In truth, you can’t fault Bosa for his decision to withdraw. Him returning would be a lose-lose situation for him as he’d not only risk more injuries but also likely hurt his draft stock as he recovered from the injury. Having said that, it’s unfortunate that we didn’t get treated to a full year of him on the field, simply because, when he was out there, he was one of the most fun players in the sport to watch.