INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State’s starting defensive tackle Michael Bennett has changed his number for Saturday night’s Big Ten championship game to honor teammate Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead Sunday.
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Instead of wearing his usual number, 63, Bennett will wear No. 53, Karageorge’s number.
Bennett and Karageorge, a walk-on nose tackle, were described as close friends.
The sixth-ranked Buckeyes had already announced they would be wearing a decal on their helmets with the No. 53 to honor Karageorge.
The team attended his funeral this week. Authorities have said they believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, four days after sending his parents a text message indicating he’d suffered concussion effects. A coroner is completing an examination of his brain.
Ohio State faces No. 11 Wisconsin in Indianapolis.
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