Tressel Updates Spring Injuries
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2010 season was a rough onefor defensive backs at Ohio State.
It seemed like every week another player in the secondary was going down with an injury, and unfortunately, the change in calendar year has not done much to reverse curse that seems to be plaguing the Buckeyes’ defensive backfield.
“In Saturday's practice, Christian Bryant and Adam Griffin had minor injuries that may keep them for practicing,” OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday.
Tressel added that their recovery is expected to be “full and fairly quick,” but the same cannot be said for fifth-year senior Donnie Evege.
“Unfortunately, we lost Donnie Evege for the season with an early spring injury,” Tressel said.
“He has been doing a great job as a leader, despite his adversity.”
Few players on the roster have faced more misfortune than Evege, who missed most of last season with a dislocated elbow suffered in week three against Ohio University.
Although he was a key special teams contributor before the injury, Evege was not expected to seriously compete for a starting cornerback this season. Despite the fact the Buckeyes must replace seniors Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence, Evege had been primarily repping with the third-team defense this spring before the knee injury he suffered in practice.
The same goes for Griffin, the son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, but Christian Bryant was very much in the hunt for a starting spot heading into Saturday’s scrimmage. With senior Tyler Moeller still recovering from pectoral surgery, Bryant was working as the first-team Star (nickel back) this spring.
He was also getting reps at safety with both the first and second team defense, and could challenge Orhian Johnson or C.J. Barnett for one of their jobs in the fall.
Good News on Recovery Front
It wasn’t all bad news for Ohio State on Tuesday.
Along with speedy recoveries for Bryant and Griffin, the Buckeyes are also expecting to have a number of key players back from injury in the fall.
“Some of our post-season surgery guys…are continuing to progress and will be 100 percent for preseason,” Tressel said Tuesday.
That includes quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who has recently returned to jogging after undergoing off-season foot surgery back in January. Pryor had a follow-up procedure this month to remove “hardware” from his foot and has begun to participate in some passing drills, although he will likely not go live until fall camp.
Pryor will have plenty of time to recover before he returns from his suspension in sixth week of the season at Nebraska.
Along with Pryor, Tressel expects to have Moeller, Barnett and linebacker Scott McVey back at full strength for the star of fall camp. All three have been practicing on a limited basis this spring, but none have participated in live hitting.
Moeller is coming off a torn pectoral muscle suffered against Illinois, while Barnett is recovering from a torn PCL suffered against Miami in week two of last season. Both players are expected to compete for starting spots in the fall.
Tressel said he also expects to have defensive back Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown back at full strength for the fall, but that prognosis might be a little on the optimistic side. The redshirt sophomore out of Monroeville suffered a torn ACL in Ohio State’s 49-0 win over Purdue last October.
He was expected to miss the rest of the season and the spring, but bad knee injuries can often take a year to fully recover.
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