Ohio State’s Kamryn Babb Named Block “O” Jersey Recipient

Ohio State announced Saturday afternoon that the fifth-year senior catcher Kamryn Babb is this year’s recipient of the Block “O” jersey, which is presented in honor of the late Bill Willis.

A former four-star receiver at St. Louis Christian Brothers College, Babb is still looking for his first career catch as he struggles with ACL injuries that robbed him of all of his freshman seasons, redshirt freshman and junior redshirt, respectively.

Still, Babb took on a leadership role on the team, as evidenced by his leading a stadium-wide prayer during the spring game following the former quarterback’s passing. Dwayne Haskins and his recognition as team captain for the second consecutive season.

“He’s a guy who rubs off on others”, wide receivers coach Brian Hartline said this spring. “What are they saying, surround yourself with people you want to become, right? So those who are maybe on the fence from a religious standpoint or a from a positive point of view or from an orientation point of view, Kam is there to push you to the limit.

“Being with guys like that with great energy, it’s really hard to bring bad energy. It would take more effort to fight the kind of energy he brings than just accepting it. Kam did a great job of rubbing off on the guys and really making our room a better room because of who he is He would be a guy who when you look back probably had more of an impact on other people than maybe to be anybody else on this team. He’s a very special young man.”

Babb becomes first out-of-state player to wear “O” block, as former defensive end Jonathan Cooper (Gahanna) and former offensive lineman Thayer Munford (Cincinnati via Massillon) were the first two recipients. The latter wore a crest, as offensive linemen can’t wear anything other than No. 50-79, but Babb is clear to move up from No. 1.

Ohio State started the tradition after the NCAA made the No. 0 legal ahead of the 2020 season. The Buckeyes are using it as an opportunity to honor Willis, who was an All-American and national champion at the during his career with the Buckeyes from 1942 to 1944 and whose number 99 was retired by the football program.


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