Troubles ahead for OSU in 2011?

From purely a football standpoint, the loss of five Ohio State football players for at least the first five games of the 2011 season is significant.
Mike Greco
Dec 23, 2010

From purely a football standpoint, the loss of five Ohio State football players for at least the first five games of the 2011 season is significant. A sixth player, freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting must sit out the first game of the 2011 season and pay $150 to a charity for the value of services that were discounted by the tattoo artist because he was a Buckeyes player.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas will miss the first five games for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards, and receiving improper benefits from a tattoo parlor. All can still play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.
The most significance loss is Pryor, who has gained 639 yards rushing and passes for another 2,551 with 25 touchdowns through 12 games. Pryor is a game-changer.
Junior Joe Bauserman and red-shirt Kenny Guiton are the backups, but played in mop-up time in the 2010 season. Bauserman went 16-of-22 for 174 yards and two TDs, while Guiton appeared in five games.
The X factor is incoming freshman Braxton Miller from Huber Heights Wayne. He could be thrust into the action sooner than anticipated.
Herron emerged as the Buckeyes’ go-to back this season. He is leading the team with 1,068 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Backing him up are redshirt freshman Jaamal Berry, considered one of the top prospects in the country when he signed out of Miami two years ago. He averaged 8.3 yards per carry in primarily mop-up duty as the No. 4 back this season. Berry  averaged 25.4 yards on kickoffs..
Sophomore Jordan Hall rose to third team this year and showed signs of being the No. 1 back of the future. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry while rushing for 161 total. Hall made his mark on kickoff and punt returns (10.1 average).
Freshman Carlos Hyde dealt with some nagging injuries early, but as the season progressed he got in the backfield. Hyde averaged 5.9 yards on his 24 carries.
Freshman Rod Smith was late getting to campus because of an academic problem and was redshirted.
Posey will be missed. He’s second on the team with 50 receptions.
But coupled with the departure of Dane Sanzenbacker (a team-leading 52 catches) and OSU’s receiving unit is really green in 2011.
True freshman Corey Brown was the main third receiver. He caught even passes for 92 yards. Sophomore tight end Jake Stoneburner was used more late in the season and has 18 catches for 183 yards. Red-shirt freshman Chris Fields has three catches.
Adams solidified himself as the team’s starting left tackle. True freshman Andrew Norwell got into games late.
Thomas was part of a rotating defensive line. His presence will be missed with 14 tackles, but OSU has a depth in that area.
Another factor to consider is that all five could skip their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. Coach Jim Tressel said at least one of the players had filed paperwork to have his NFL draft status assessed, but didn’t not specify which. If the main players do jump, that will ease the blow, since OSU will have more of an opportunity to go to Plan B next season.
The Buckeyes' first five games are Akron, Toledo, at Miami, Colorado and Michigan State.
It is not a good day to be an OSU supporter.

Comments

mlampman

If you are a true Buckeye fan,you will know Ohio State doesn't replace,they reload! The Buckeyes lose players every year and wow, they are right back on top! These boys made a mistake and it will cost them more than the team. They will have a hard time beating out their replacements after 5 games!!! Go Bucks!