Schutt Out with Injury
By Rob Odgen
Ohio State defensive lineman Tommy Schutt suffered a broken foot in practice on Monday and is expected to miss at least the first half of the season, coach Urban Meyer confirmed Wednesday.
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"Two days ago he broke a bone in his foot, he had surgery and they stuck a screw in it," Meyer said. "We're supposed to get him back midseason."
The six-foot-one, 299 pound sophomore challenged for a starting position during fall camp and was supposed be the second-team guy at nose guard and tackle.
Junior linebacker and captain Ryan Shazier said the loss of Schutt is a blow to a group that already lacked experience and depth.
"That's a big loss because he's actually a great player," Shazier said. "He's a good pass-rusher, he's just a good playmaker and with him out for a while it's gonna be hard."
Schutt played in 10 games for the Buckeyes in 2012 and even made one start. Meyer had previously said that he was encouraged by Schutt's play during camp and said that the Schutt was pushing for a starting spot.
Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said Schutt would be right in the mix as long as he could stay healthy.
Earlier this month, Schutt said he was finally 100 percent healthy after battling an ankle injury all spring.
With Schutt out, Meyer said they moved sophomore offensive lineman Chase Farris back to the defensive line. Farris switched from defense to offense last fall.
In place of Schutt, redshirt sophomore Chris Carter will assume the second-team nose guard role and true freshman Michael Hill will back up Michael Bennett at tackle.
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