Meyer Confirms Linebacker Perkins Leaving the Program
By Patrick Murphy
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced to reporters at a community service event on Thursday that sophomore linebacker David Perkins will transfer from the program.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Rumors of this transfer had been circulating for some time, but nothing had been confirmed until today.
Meyer made Perkins’ decision to transfer seem like an amicable breakup due to playing time, yet it seems there may have been more behind Meyer's demeanor regarding the transfer.
At 3:23 A.M. on Saturday, Perkins was arrested for criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Wood County, Ohio.
If Perkins was considering transferring before, his arrest may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Due to Meyer’s previous tough stance on misbehavior, especially when the law is involved, it is likely that this played a large part in the final decision for Perkins and the Buckeyes to part ways.
The sophomore played in nine games last year, primarily on special teams. He recorded just six tackles on the season, but had a decent Spring Practice. In his recent 2013 Spring Recap – The Linebackers, Tony Gerdeman had Perkins listed as the backup to Ryan Shazier at weakside linebacker, but noted the possibility of the transfer.
Buckeye fans will likely remember Perkins most for his tackle on Brutus Buckeye during an open practice for students this past spring. This will be the only memorable tackle for him as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.
While this team does not want to lose a player at any position, linebacker could be one of thinnest spots. Shazier and Curtis Grant are expected to be the starters for Ohio State, who will likely play only two linebackers most of the season. Josh Perry is expected to be the first option when they go with three men.
Behind them are sophomores Luke Roberts, Cam Williams, Joe Burger, redshirt freshman Craig Fada, and incoming freshmen Mike Mitchell, and Trey Johnson.
There is little experience in the group of backups for Ohio State, but there is talent. Williams was highly recruited two years ago, Mitchell was rated the third-best linebacker in the country by Rivals, and Johnson was a four-star recruit in 2013.
Linebacker depth was an issue for OSU last season, as the Buckeyes were forced to move fullback Zach Boren to the position to provide cover. It was important to add to the depth in recruiting this year, and this transfer by Perkins will hurt that depth some.
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