DB Cash Second to Seek Transfer from Ohio State
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A year ago, Jeremy Cash was just getting accustomed to life in Columbus. Now he’s looking for a new home.
According to an Ohio State spokesperson, the second-year safety out of Plantation, Fla. has asked for his release from the OSU football program. He intends to seek a transfer, although his destination is not yet known.
Cash is the second Buckeye to leave the program since Urban Meyer became the new head coach back on Nov. 28. He follows backup quarterback Taylor Graham, who told The-Ozone he intends to transfer to the University of Hawaii to play for new head coach Norm Chow.
Turnover is always expected during the transition period to a new coaching staff, especially after all the turmoil that has surrounded Ohio State over the past year. Cash committed to play for the Buckeyes under former head coach Jim Tressel.
The 6-2, 190-pound safety enrolled last January and took part in spring practice at Ohio State. He made some nice plays in the spring game and even saw time on special teams as a true freshman in 2011.
Cash finished with three tackles in five games as a freshman, but the Buckeyes are returning their entire secondary for next season. That includes senior-to-be Orhian Johnson, along with juniors Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett, all of whom started games for the Buckeyes in 2011.
Even with those three returning, Cash would have been a candidate to crack the two-deep in the spring, especially after veteran safeties Jamie Wood (shoulder) and Zach Domicone (knee) both underwent surgeries following the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.
New head coach Urban Meyer retained Luke Fickell as his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, along with Mike Vrabel as defensive line coach and Taver Johnson as cornerbacks coach. The Buckeyes did lose safeties coach Paul Haynes, who is now the defensive coordinator at Arkansas.
That may have played a role in Cash’s decision, albeit a surprising one considering he is a young defensive back in just his second season with the program. Cash chose the Buckeyes over his other finalists—Arizona State and Florida State—just before Ohio State’s spring game back in 2010.
He also had interest in Florida, although Meyer never officially offered Cash while he was still coaching the Gators. After he committed to Ohio State, Cash was instrumental in helping the Buckeyes land linebacker Ryan Shazier, his teammate Plantation High School, after Meyer announced his retirement.
This likely won’t be the last defection from Ohio State, especially now that the Buckeyes have started their first off-season under new strength coordinator Mickey Marotti.
“Florida went through it with a lot of guys,” Meyer said Thursday.
“I’m hoping that doesn’t happen and we end up short-handed. There is a normal attrition when a coaching staff comes in because it is so different. I’m hoping there is not.”
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