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Stats down, but Raekwon McMillan’s impact not lost

raekwon-mcmillanwebRaekwon McMillan, who plays with a single-digit number on his jersey, does not need to see big numbers behind his name on the stat sheets, either.

Ohio State’s junior middle linebacker — one of only three returning starters on defense for the Buckeyes — is averaging 6.6 tackles a game, down from the 9.1 tackles he averaged last season.

His high games have been eight stops against Oklahoma and Tulsa. Last year, he had 16 tackles against Western Michigan and 14 against Indiana and Illinois.

That might be an issue with some people. But not for McMillan.

“As long as we’re at the top of the nation and at the top of the Big Ten in run defense and not giving up any run touchdowns and playing great defense overall, I have no complaints.” As long as we’re performing the way we’ve been performing lately, I have no complaints whatsoever. Last year I was getting 16 or 17 tackles a game. We were giving up runs down the middle of the defense. It’s not happening this year,” McMillan said.

“I’d rather have two tackles and them not score a touchdown. I’m not really worried about records or anything like that. As long as we’re up on the scoreboard and they have less points than us, I’m OK,” he said.

Ohio State is the only FBS school which has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. It is second in the Big Ten in rushing defense behind Wisconsin, its opponent on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium, and is ninth nationally.

via ncaa.com

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