Ohio State's defense will be forced to play half the season without promising sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, who broke a bone in his foot, according to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said after practice today backup DL Tommy Schutt should be able to return by midseason (broken bone in foot).— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 29, 2013
“Doggone it, just two days ago, he broke a bone in his foot," said Meyer. "He had surgery, they stuck a screw in his foot (to hold the broken metatarsal in place), so we're supposed to get him back midseason.”
Schutt is one of the many talented players Ohio State was planning on using this season to ignite life along the defensive front. The Buckeyes' revamped defensive line will feature all new starters, and although Schutt was expected to come off the bench, he was sure to see plenty of playing time.
Will Ohio State overcome this injury?
His size—6'3", 305 pounds—makes him a terrific run stopper, and he's capable of occupying double-teams. He plays the game with a high motor and is physical at the point of attack.
Ohio State has one of the most athletic defensive lines in the country, including sophomore defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. Schutt's injury means 4-star true freshman Michael Hill will see more playing time than originally planned.
The halfway point in the season is a road trip to Northwestern on Oct. 5. It's a key Big Ten game against a team that is feeling good about itself after last year's 10-3 record.
No matter when the big guy returns, he'll almost certainly suit up for the big game against Michigan at the end of the season.
Schutt played in three games last season and finished the year with four tackles and one quarterback hurry.