Buckeyes lose Bellamy to Personal Reasons
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS — Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has one less body to work with on his defensive line, at least for now.
A University spokesperson confirmed Friday that Adam Bellamy has indeed left the team for personal reasons. That came directly from OSU head coach Urban Meyer after Bellamy, a junior out of Aurora, Ohio, has been absent from practice for more than a week.
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The 6-4, 292-pound defensive lineman was not in Ohio State team picture taken last Sunday during the team’s fall media day. There was no specification of the nature of Bellamy’s personal issue from the spokesperson, but defensive line coach Mike Vrabel called it a family issue.
“Adam is working through some personal family matters right now and when he gets that taken care of, we will welcome him back with open arms,” Vrabel said Friday.
“We miss him in our (meeting) room and when Adam gets those things taken care of, he’s going to be able to come back.”
Bellamy was listed as a starter at strongside defensive end after spring practice, but he has really been working with the second-team defense since Meyer took over the program in January.
Sophomore Michael Bennett has all but established himself as the starter at strongside end, which meant Bellamy was working as a backup at defensive tackle during much of fall camp.
He told The-Ozone last year that he prefers to play outside, rather than inside, but the Buckeyes are a lot deeper at end now than they were a year ago. Sophomore J.T. Moore and freshman SeVon Pittman have been getting the reps at strongside end behind Bennett this fall.
Bellamy – who appeared in every game for the Buckeyes the past two seasons, recording 36 tackles and a sack – was backing up Johnathan Hankins at the 3-technique spot inside.
That role now goes to freshman Adolphus Washington. The freshman out of Cincinnati Taft had his “rookie stripe” removed during practice this week after he defeated a starting offensive lineman three straight times during a 1-on-1 passing drill.
O’Connor Done for the Year
An Ohio State spokesperson also announced Friday that freshman offensive lineman Joey O’Connor would miss his entire rookie season after recently undergoing knee surgery.
O’Connor had not practiced with the team this fall after undergoing a minor scope on his knee during the offseason. He was expected to add depth at both center and guard for the Buckeyes after signing with them in February.
A former four-star recruit out of Windsor, Colo., O’Connor was one of the players who switched his commitment from Penn State to Ohio State last winter. He was the No. 12 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, and a four-year starter on the offensive line at Windsor High School.
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