CFB’s top LB finishes as the lead tackler with two broken hands

Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg is a tough SOB. He had one game on Saturday while playing through not one, but two injuries that would have kept many other players on the sidelines.

Eichenberg, a former four-star nominee from Cleveland, has signed on to play for the Buckeyes as part of the Class of 2018. He is currently in his fourth year with the program and weighs 6ft 2, 239 pounds.

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Tommy Eichenberg (Image Courtesy: Ohio State University Athletics)

He’s no small guy, and he’s had a huge impact on Ohio State’s defense.

In the first 11 games of the year, Eichenberg has recorded a total of 92 tackles, which ranks 4th in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation. 57 of those were solo tackles, leading the conference.

Because of his game, Eichenberg is a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Butkus Award, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. This comes a year after he finished second on the team in tackles last fall.

Of Eichenberg’s 2022 season, Saturday was impressive. The stats might not show that it was his best game of the season, but it was.

Tommy Eichenberg was all over Ohio State’s 13-point win over Maryland.

He had 10 solo tackles, 13 total, and was constantly involved in big plays, either as a disruptor or playmaker.

Ohio State Buckeyes’ Tommy Eichenberg #35 sacks Taulia Tagovailoa #3 of the Maryland Terrapins during the third quarter at SECU Stadium on November 19, 2022 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Twitter sang its praises all afternoon.

All the hype was well deserved. Eichenberg played a big part in defeating the Terrapins and continues to shine at the national and NFL levels.

When his performance wasn’t impressive enough, he did it while injured. After the game, a defensive teammate revealed that Eichenberg played the entire game a broken hand two broken hands.

To reiterate, BOTH EICHENBERG’S HANDS WERE BROKEN AND HE FINISHED OUT AS OHIO STATE’S LEADING TACKLER. That is hard.

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