Trey Sermons Monday night in Miami did not go as planned.
The late-rising Ohio State setback suffered an apparent upper body injury in the first run of the national championship game against Alabama, prompting him to go to the visiting locker room and subsequently demand a trip to a local hospital. However, he seems to have avoided something bigger.
The sermon “is doing well” and travels back to Columbus Tuesday after the 52-24 loss, a spokesman for the team said that morning. His mother, Natoshia Mitchell, told Columbus Dispatch that his injury was not serious, even though both she and the football program refused to share the specifics of it. After the game, head coach Ryan Day had said the tailback was vicious and “definitely in pain.”
The end of the sermon season came almost as abruptly as his rise late in the season.
He was, one might argue, the most important player on Ohio State’s list, not named Justin Fields. After a pedestrian’s first four games as Buckeye following a transfer from Oklahoma, he ran for 100-plus yards in three straight outings. The sermon counted 112 yards in Michigan State, broke the program’s single-game rushing mark by 331 yards versus Northwestern in the Big Ten title game, and then carried the ball in 193 yards in the Sugar Bowl. Next to Fields, he became one of the team’s top offensive weapons down the stretch.
Instead of the sermon on Monday, the Master Teague managed with 15 yards for 65 yards and two touchdowns, while Marcus Crowley played his first offensive snaps of the season to record six rushes for 14 yards. The sermon evening ended after a carry in two yards.
The sermon, a fourth-year senior, is expected to leave Ohio State for the 2021 NFL draft instead of spending the fifth season of eligibility allowed by the NCAA.