Joe Burrow isn’t the only former Ohio State soccer player to make the 2022 Cincinnati Bengals roster.
Burrow is one of seven players to have played for the Buckeyes currently on the Bengals’ active or practice roster. Without Burrow or linebacker Keandre Jones, both of whom moved to LSU and Maryland, respectively, the Bengals are second with five Ohio State players behind the New Orleans Saints’ six players: Marshon Lattimore, Chris Olave, Bradley Roby, Nick Vannett , Michael Thomas and Peter Werner.
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Here is the list of former Buckeyes who will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday night’s AFC championship game.
CB Eli Apple
Cincinnati Bengals safety Michael Thomas (31) and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple (20) react after a defensive play against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter of an NFL division football game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at Orchard Park. New York (AP Photo/Seth Little)
Cornerback Eli Apple, one of five Ohio State players drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft along with Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker and Darron Lee, finished his collegiate career with 86 tackles, four interceptions , 17 pass deflections and 7.5 tackles for loss.
After being named a second-team All-Big Ten player in 2015, Apple was drafted 10th overall by the New York Giants in 2016. In stops with the Giants, Bengals, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, Apple has 51 career pass deviations and five interceptions.
In his second regular season with the Bengals, Apple has 49 tackles and eight pass deflections, while he recorded 12 tackles and one pass deflection in the team’s first two playoff wins over the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.
SAF Vonn Bell
Cincinnati Bengals safety Vonn Bell (24) recovers during the first quarter during an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY
Also selected in the second round by the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft, safety Vonn Bell continues to be a consistent playmaker in the defensive backfield.
After three seasons with Ohio State in which he had 175 tackles, nine interceptions and 15 pass deflections, Bell has recoded at least 80 tackles every season except for the 2022 campaign for the Bengals, where he had 77 tackles, four tackles-for- Loss and had a career-high four interceptions.
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In two playoff games, Bell has 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.
P Drue Chrisman
Cincinnati Bengals punter Drue Chrisman (4) pulls a Baltimore Ravens safety Geno Stone (26) in the fourth quarter during an NFL wildcard playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bengals won 24-17. The Cincinnati Bengals advance with the win to play the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round.
The Cincinnati Bengals punter is one of the most decorated punters in Ohio State history.
A three-time All-Big Ten honoree and two-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist, Drue Chrisman finished his college career averaging 44 yards per punt: the fourth-best in program history.
Chrisman, who signed with the Bengals after the 2021 NFL draft, handled the team’s punting duties and averaged 47.8 per punt with two touchbacks and 13 touchdowns within the 20-yard line during the regular season.
In the 2022 postseason, Chrisman landed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, averaging more than 50 yards per punt in the AFC Wild Card game against the Ravens.
EN Sam Hubbard
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) and quarterback Joe Burrow celebrate after an NFL wildcard playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cincinnati on Sunday, January 15, 2023. The Bengals won 24-17. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
The former Ohio State defensive end had one of the most memorable games in Bengals recent history in the AFC Wild Card game against the Ravens, returning a fumbling 98 yards in the fourth quarter for a go-ahead result.
Hubbard never scored a touchdown in three seasons at Ohio State, but did have 116 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.
This production continued into his NFL career, recording 60 or more tackles with three seasons with at least 10 tackles-for-loss in each of his last four regular seasons.
In two playoff games, Hubbard has five tackles and two quarterback hits along with fumble recovery.
LB Keandre Jones
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keandre Jones (47) participates in practice using a giant donut shaped pad during Cincinnati Bengals training camp practice Friday, July 29, 2022, at the practice fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Keandre Jones hasn’t had much success with Ohio State, playing 16 games in three seasons with the Buckeyes before moving to Maryland and recording 73 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2019.
Jones has been with the Bengals for three seasons and has four tackles in eight games. ones is currently on the Bengals practice team.
OT Isaiah Prince
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) and Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (75) leave the field at the end of an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York
After being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft, Isaiah Prince, a former first-team All-Big Ten tackle, was claimed by the Bengals in 2019.
Prince started in four games for the Bengals in 2021.
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This article originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch: Which Former OSU Football Players Are in the Cincinnati Bengals?