Meyer Confirms Suspensions for Stoneburner, Mewhort

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Meyer Confirms Suspensions for Stoneburner, Mewhort
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As first reported by The Toledo Blade, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has suspended tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort indefinitely.

Jake Stoneburner
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Jake Stoneburner

Both players were arrested over the weekend by Shawnee Hills police on charges of obstructing official business. The arrests took place early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., outside The Bogey Inn near Stoneburner’s home in Dublin, Ohio.

Meyer officially confirmed the suspensions Monday, stating that Stoneburner and Mewhort have been suspended from “all football team activities” until the situation is resolved.

Ohio State will not comment further on the issue at this time, but the statement makes it sound as though Stoneburner and Mewhort will not be allowed to participate in summer conditioning with Mickey Marotti and the other OSU football players.

The two players currently face an arraignment on June 11 after running from police officers who spotted them urinating outside the tavern.

Stoneburner is a fifth-year senior out of Dublin Coffman High School, and his parents own a home on the fifth hole of the Muirfield Village Country Club, where Tiger Woods captured his fifth Memorial Tournament victory on Sunday.

“Thanks for support from family, friends, and especially my teammates,” Stoneburner posted on his personal Twitter account Monday afternoon.

“Unfortunate situation, but we will over come it.”

The Stoneburner’s home is not far from that of Meyer, who became Ohio State’s 24th head football coach back in November. One of the first meetings Meyer held with his new team was to talk about making better decisions, especially after the ones that cost the University its former head coach and an all-conference quarterback last off-season.

Stoneburner is expected to be one of Meyer’s top weapons on offense this season, and a potential captain during his senior season. The same could be said about Mewhort, a redshirt junior from Toledo who has been called the leader of the offensive line this off-season.

The two players face misdemeanor charges after one of the officers in pursuit broke a thumb while tracking down Stoneburner, Mewhort and another man.

We will keep you updated on their status as more information becomes available.


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