Being a mascot can be brutal sometimes, as Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye found out the hard way at OSU's Student Appreciation Day.
Brutus took a snap from behind center, didn't see any receivers open and decided to take off and run, a la Braxton Miller.
It's a decision Brutus thankfully lived to regret, as the mascot was destroyed by linebacker David Perkins, who lowered his shoulder and laid him out, forcing a fumble in the process.
Thankfully, Brutus was able to recover and popped right back up after the big hit with a little help from Perkins. Perhaps next year, OSU officials might consider letting old Brutus wear one of the black no-contact jerseys.
After all, that's been working well for Miller lately...or not.
The team's star quarterback has reportedly been hit a couple of times recently at spring practices, even while wearing the black jersey that signifies no contact (h/t Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer).
One thing's for sure: Ohio State's defense is ready to rock and roll this upcoming season after allowing Nebraska to score 38 points and Indiana to score 49 last season.
After going undefeated last year, Ohio State looks ready to dominate the field once again in 2013. If the team's defense brings this kind of intensity to the regular season, the Buckeyes will have a terrific chance to go undefeated once again.
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