Ohio State dismisses RB Bri’onte Dunn. What are the five things that matter now that the Buckeye depth has taken a hit?
– Ohio State has let go of one of its key parts to the running back rotation going into the season. In a statement from head coach Urban Meyer, “Bri’onte Dunn has been dismissed from the Ohio State football program for a violation of team rules.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, there was an incident involving his girlfriend, and a civil protection order was filed.
– Dunn was a huge recruit for the program coming out of Canton in 2012 – he was the No. 7-ranked running back according to Scout – but he failed to live up to expectations right away. While he was one of Meyer’s first key gets, he only ran for 133 yards and two scores as a true freshman, redshirted in 2013, ran for 63 yards on nine carries in 2014, and last year, got the ball just 14 times for 91 yards and a score. He spent a bulk of his career on special teams.
– At 6-0 and 215 pounds, he’s a good-sized power back who had the style and toughness to give the Buckeye attack a potentially tough runner, but he was expected to break through early on his career before turning into a reserve behind Ezekiel Elliott.
– Dunn has his degree from OSU and could transfer and immediately play, depending how this all shakes out and if he has any opportunities right away. He’s a talented back with plenty of tread left on the tires.
– What Does This Really Mean? It’s Mike Weber or bust now. The 5-10, 215-pound freshman was supposed to be the starter, but Dunn was supposed to be No. 2 on the depth chart, at worst. Weber was one of the stars of the Buckeye offseason showing off the quickness and pop to be exactly what the offense needs. But now the fall camp is about finding another option who can do more than just be a fill in.