Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes, right, switched positions because an injury to one of his linemates. ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS — At first, Jalyn Holmes volunteered to be nice.
Next thing he knew, the defensive end had taken over at defensive tackle.
Following a bizarre injury to normal defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, Holmes told defensive line coach Larry Johnson that he could fill in for Jones at the three technique. To Holmes’ surprise, Johnson liked the suggestion.
“I wasn’t planning [for it]. I was just saying it just to make him feel a little better, but he really took me seriously,” Holmes said. “The next day, I was in there.”
Holmes had two tackles in the Buckeyes’ 56-0 shutout of Rutgers last week, and could again play defensive tackle this week against Maryland with Jones out for at least another game.
The Buckeyes expect Jones to return for their Oct. 14 game at Nebraska.
The move is not permanent, though Holmes said he believed he held his own.
“At first I was nervous because I had never done it before, and I took over the job Wednesday, so I only had really two days to really get myself prepared for it,” Holmes said. “But I think I did a good job.”