The NCAA’s new name, image and likeness (NIL) rules have resulted in some pretty incredible deals for student athletes so far.
On Thursday afternoon, five Ohio State football players, Haskell Garrett, Miyan Williams, Zach Harrison, Chris Olave and C.J. Stroud, all received free cars as part of a partnership with Coughlin Chevrolet in Pataskala, Ohio.
Buckeyes insider Dan Hope reported the news on Twitter.
The new world of college sports: Ohio State football players Haskell Garrett, Miyan Williams, Zach Harrison, Chris Olave and C.J. Stroud getting new cars this afternoon as part of a partnership with Coughlin Chevrolet in Pataskala. pic.twitter.com/orjKZXtzqt
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 26, 2021
Of the five players included in this partnership, three were named as captains leading up to the 2021 season.
Zach Harrison, a true-junior defensive end, explained how much it meant to receive this honor.
“My teammates viewing me as a leader is something I take to heart,” he said.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Haskell Garrett echoed this sentiment, saying he’s “really blessed” to be named a captain.
“I’m still kind of in shock still, but if that’s what my peers see me as, then I want to take that role and keep on leading them the best way I can… I’m really honored and proud,” he said.
Senior wide receiver Chris Olave, also a 2021 captain, is coming off an impressive year in 2020, logging 50 receptions, 729 yards and seven touchdowns through just seven games in a shortened COVID-19 season.
As redshirt freshmen, running back Miyan Williams and starting quarterback C.J. Stroud are the youngest players to be included in this partnership. Williams played just three games in 2020, but is expected to have a much more significant impact this coming season. Set to replace first-round pick Justin Fields, Stroud has some big shoes to fill in his first year as a full-time starter — but it appears he’s primed to do just that as a preseason Heisman favorite.
Ohio State will kickoff their 2021 season with a Week 1 matchup against Minnesota one week from today.
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