Monday , 29 November 2021

Demario McCall: The Buckeye Connection

Demario McCall, a 2016 NRHS grad and a junior on the Ohio State football team, lodged the biggest game of his collegiate career two weeks ago as the Buckeyes blew out Maryland, 73-14.

McCall saw considerable playing time and scored two TDs a pair of second-half scores on seven carries for 78 yards.

Demario entered his fourth year with the 2019 Buckeyes as a veteran of 20 career games and plenty of memorable plays this season. He had nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards to his credit and averages nearly 10 yards every time he touches the ball.

So far this year, he is the 11-0 team’s leader in both kick and punt returns. In kick returns, he has returned10 for 232 yards and a 23.2 yard average, Longest is 38 yards. He has also returned 8 punts for 65 yards (8.1 yard average) with a long of 35 yards.

McCall led the team last year with an average of 19.5 yards per kick return. Demario has also earned scholar-athlete awards in both the 2017 and 2016 seasons.

At North Ridgeville, he was a two-time Associated Press all-state running back. He missed four games due to injury as a senior, but still managed to rush for 621 yards and score nine touchdowns, including TD runs of 45, 54, 57, 66, 67 and 76 yards. He was named first-team all-state as a junior in 2014 after a 2,302-yard rushing season with 35 touchdowns that included was a 433-yard, six-touchdown game vs. Elyria Catholic. In 2014, he helped coach Luke Durbin and North Ridgeville to its first state playoff appearance since 2009. He ended his career at North Ridgeville with 4,519 career rushing yards and 69 touchdowns, including 94- and 90-yard TDs and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Demario is the son of Rhonda Young and Jermaine Bennett.

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