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Dunn Fumbles His Final Chances at Ohio State
July 18, 2016
Just last week Brent Baver had posted in his position breakdown that Bri'onte Dunn was doing everything that is expected of him. I guess there was at least one thing he was doing that was not right, as he has just been kicked off the team.
As reported by the Columbus Dispatch and several other media outlets the Ohio State running back was dismissed from the team by coach Urban Meyer this evening, the same day a civil protection order was filed against Dunn. Sources said that Dunn had an altercation with his girlfriend over the weekend.
Meyer said the dismissal is “for a violation of team rules” in a statement released by the university. He did not specify which rule or rules were breached and neither did a team spokesman.
Dunn received his degree in sport industry this past spring and was expected to compete with redshirt freshman Mike Weber for the starting tailback job.
You hate to see these kinds of stories but hopefully he can get his life turned around and others can learn from this result.
OSU Offense by Position in 2016: Strengths, Concerns, Thoughts
July 12, 2016
Obviously, a position of strength if JT Barrett stays healthy. But, they are going to run Barrett to death until they get some confidence in the tailback position, and that is concerning. You have to go back to at least 2011 (Barrett’s high school years as an underclassman) to find a season where Barrett started every game. I think Burrow will be a very good QB in time, but I’d rather take my chances with Barrett in 2016, and wait on Joe Burrow.
There is no replacing Ezekiel Elliott, but Mike Weber should eventually be a good one. Sounds like Brionte Dunn is doing everything that is expected of him, but I think Antonio Williams will end up backing up Weber. Elliott’s blocking will surely be missed and I don’t think the RB position will be ready come Sep 17th in Norman, Oklahoma. Hope I’m wrong.
(True) Wide Receivers:
There are 10 receivers (true WR’s, not H-backs) that appear to have a shot at legit PT and it’s hard to separate them after the top few. The upside is there for this to be an upgrade over last year’s unit despite the loss of Michael Thomas, but I expect there to be growing pains. I think, health pending, Noah Brown and Corey Smith lead the way along with true frosh Austin Mack. And Torrance Gibson will get his chances with his off-the-charts upside. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Like RB, I don’t see this group being ready by the Oklahoma game.
H-Back and Tight End:
I keep hearing the light bulb has gone on for Dontre Wilson and that he is working his tail off…but I think I will take a wait and see approach. Injuries are also still a big concern with Wilson. I am not sure Curtis Samuel was 100% for much of the 2015 season, and expect to see much more of him this year at the H and at RB. I think the Bucks should be okay at TE if Marcus Baugh stays healthy. There are three highly touted frosh coming in at TE, but I’d much rather count on Baugh than a true frosh.
I’ll be honest; I don’t know what to expect here. There’s a new O-line coach and two new starters at the bookend spots. Word has it that the light bulb has gone on for Jamarco Jones; let’s hope. I didn’t hear much hubbub about Isaiah Price in the spring, and that concerns me a bit. Obviously Pat Elflein is about as good as it gets and Billy Price should be one of the best guards in the B1G. Not sure about the other open guard spot, but a true frosh (Michael Jordan) possibly leading the way might be a red flag. JUCO Malcolm Pridgeon is a wildcard at G and T. This unit, I think, could range from being strong to Meyer’s weakest unit in his five years here.
OSU Defense by Position in 2016 & Special Teams
Despite the loss of Joey Bosa, this unit is a strength with solid depth. It’s not that farfetched that ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard will be good enough to enter next year’s NFL draft. (Hubbard is a third-year, draft eligible, sophomore.) The #3 DE Jalyn Holmes is solid and I think Nick Bosa makes some noise as a true frosh. There are more concerns at DT than DE, but the two redshirt DE’s turned DT’s, Dre’Mont Jones and Jashon Cornell have big upside behind projected starters Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle. Sprinkle may surprise some folks (in a good way) this year. Aldophus Washington will be missed.
Raekwon McMillan should hit superstar status this year, likely his last season as a Buckeye. I am taking a wait and see approach at the outside spots with projected new starters Chris Worley and Dante Booker. I think Josh Perry will be missed more than one might think. I can’t get the vision of Penn State’s Saquon Barkley having a field day against the OSU D last year after Booker replaced an injured Perry. Jerome Baker looks like a budding star and could challenge for either Worley’s or Booker’s spot. Not sure about the injury status of Justin Hilliard or Nick Conner, but if these guys aren’t ready to go in the fall, then depth could be a problem.
I love the upside here. I expect Gareon Conley (health pending) to have a better year in ’16 than Eli Apple, the #10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, had a season ago. And I expect Conley to enter the 2017 NFL draft. Between Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward, the Bucks should be okay at the CB spot opposite Conley. Malik Hooker is the next star safety at Ohio State and the Bucks should be fine at the safety spot opposite Hooker, with Damon Webb, Erick Smith or Cam Burrows. Hooker hadn’t played much football at all prior to college and is just now hitting his stride.
The Bucks lose Jalin Marshall, but return most of the other key guys including punter Cameron Johnston who will challenge for All-B1G. Phil Steele had OSU’s Special Teams Units (combined) ranked #31 last year, but predicts a rise to #11 in 2016, which would certainly help a Buckeye team that returns only 3 starters on O and 3 on D.
Gibson Suspended From School/Team
August 29, 2016
Torrance Gibson was one of the top names in the highly rated 2015 recruiting class as a quarterback, but switched to receiver last fall. He was red-shirted last year but had a great spring game and was showing a lot of promise.
The Columbus Dispatch has now reported the wide receiver has been suspended from Ohio State for the fall semester because of an unspecified violation of the university’s student code of conduct. No other details were provided by the school, but at his first weekly news conference of the season, coach Urban Meyer said: "It is not athletic or football (related), and I disagree with (the suspension)."