August 17, 2014

Buckeyes’ Shazier, Dunn win weekly conference honors

For the second consecutive week, Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week-

Defensive Player of the Week, Ryan Shazier, Ohio State So., LB, Plantation, Fla./Plantation

• Finished with a game-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo stops, and a pass breakup in Ohio State’s 52-22 victory over Illinois on Saturday

• Recorded two tackles for loss and needs just two tackles to become the first Buckeye sophomore to notch 100 tackles in a season since James Laurinaitis in 2006

• Was part of the Ohio State defense that limited Illinois to just 170 yards of total offense

• Takes home his second consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor and second of his career

In addition, freshman RB Bri’onte Dunn was named the Big Ten freshman of the week-

Freshman of the Week, Bri’onte Dunn, Ohio State RB, Canton, Ohio/GlenOak

• Recorded career highs with 13 rushes and 73 yards and added a touchdown in Ohio State’s victory over Illinois on Saturday

• Scored on a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, capping the Buckeyes’ scoring output of 52 points

• Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Braxton Miller (Nov. 28, 2011)

[Related: Ohio State 52, Illinois 22]

Urban Meyer: Rod Smith has Passed Bri’onte Dunn on Depth Chart

On Columbus radio today, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said that freshman RB Bri’onte Dunn has been passed on the depth chart by Rod Smith. Nether RB received a carry in Ohio State’s game against Cal last Saturday, despite the loss of Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall’s return from injury.

Going into last week, Meyer said the starting job was up for grabs in the absence of Hyde. Neither Dunn or Smith was able to take advantage of the opportunity. It appears that Jordan Hall will get the bulk of the snaps again this week.

[Related: Buckeye Six Pack, the Cal Game]

Ohio State News: Canton’s Brionte Dunn to Start for Buckeyes

With running back Carlos Hyde spraining his MCL in the second quarter of this weekend’s win over Central Florida, Canton Glen Oak’s Bri’onte Dunn will sit atop the Buckeyes’ depth chart at running back.

In his Monday afternoon press conference, head coach Urban Meyer stated that the Dunn will not be the starter by default and that Zach Boren could also receive snaps as the primary ball-carrier, however, with Hyde and Jordan hall nursing injuries, it will likey be the true freshman in Dunn as well as Rod Smith who will provide the ground attack of the 12th-ranked Buckeyes as they play host to California.

“It’s one thing getting your mind right to go to be a backup for third‑string tailback for a game,” Meyer said of Dunn. “It’s another thing getting your mind right to be the guy that’s going to jog out there with the first offense.  There’s no just go play.  He’s got Tuesday, and Wednesday is going to be very critical ‑‑ whoever has the best Tuesday and Wednesday is going to line up at tailback.

Dunn, one of the top tailbacks in America coming out of high school, committed to Ohio State during his junior season, but reopened his recruitment with the resignation of former head coach Jim Tressel, even talking with Michigan and taking consecutive unofficial visits to Ann Arbor in November. The hiring of Meyer, however, provided reason for Dunn to play football in Columbus as the five-star recruit was one of Meyer’s primary targets upon being hired.

[Related: Buckeye Six Pack: The UCF Game]

Buckeye Six Pack: The UCF Game

Each week I rewatch the Buckeyes game and give you my takeaways from the game in a little piece we like to call the…

The most important thing is always that the Buckeyes handle business and get the win. They accomplished that goal this week, even though it wasn’t the prettiest of performances- especially by the offense. It came at a price though, as RB Carlos Hyde sprained his knee. He isn’t listed on this week’s depth chart…

1) Too many mistakes. This offense needs to clean up the errors. It’s been a long time since I have seen a team have at least three miscommunications in the running game. Braxton Miller’s superior athleticism is enough to get positive yardage against UCF, but won’t against the back half of the schedule. Add in the penalties- 10 for 79, and the 2 fumbles and you have a recipe for an upset. [Read more...]

Drug Charges Against OSU’s Bri’onte Dunn Dropped

From the Canton Repository-

“After a complete review of the police reports, supplemental narratives from officers, witness statements and about a 30-minute police cruiser video, Alliance City Law Director Andrew Zumbar has authorized the filing of disorderly conduct and a seat belt violation charges against Ohio State freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn and his passenger. He will not face drug charges.”

The pipe and small amount of marijuana found in the vehicle belonged to Dunn’s mother. The car is also hers.

[Related: Ohio State RB Dunn Arrested]

Urban Meyer Hangs On To Star Recruit Brionte Dunn, Looks to Keep Building Class of 2012

If you think back to Memorial Weekend, The Ohio State University football team was reaching the culmination of the darkest time in recent history. You’d have to go back to Woody Hayes’ unfortunate punch and resulting termination to find a more stunning end to such a successful period of OSU football.

With Jim Tressel being pushed aside despite the University’s administration previously proclaiming their full support of the coach, with the potential for more violations to surface in the fallout, with the heavy cloud of NCAA sanctions hanging overhead, with the daunting challenge of dealing with multiple suspensions to star players. All of these things were weighing heavily on the program.

So to think that Ohio State could have anything close to resembling hope, forget optimism, before the end of 2011 would be something of a miracle. [Read more...]