Buckeyes starting safety Christian Bryant broke his ankle in Saturday’s 31-24 win over the Wisconsin Badgers, and is out for the rest of the season. Urban Meyer was quite frustrated to both recognize and relay the information to reporters, pounding the podium during his postgame press conference. Bryant is currently on his way to the hospital to receive further evaluation and ultimately treatment on the ankle.
While Ohio State does have a defense that has 2012 Big Ten Tackles for a Loss Leader in Ryan Shazier and 2013 Preseason All-American Bradley Roby, the fact that Jared Abbrederis had over 200 receiving yards alone in tonight’s game highlights the fact that this defense isn’t nearly as good as its top names would indicate. The Buckeyes will now, in all likelihood, turn to Ron Tanner to assume the starting strong safety role for the rest of the year. The redshirt sophomore brings just 11 total games of experience to the table, but did record five total tackles and an interception in those limited appearances. Hopefully extended playing time and another year under Coach Meyer has allowed Tanner to grow, and he’ll be able to be a surprise contributor to the defense.
As for Bryant, the option to medical redshirt remains, as he’s still appeared in fewer than 30-percent of the team’s schedule thus far. It appears to be a likely option, unless Bryant decides he’d like to focus on areas other than football in the future. But, more information on that will be available at a later point, and we’ll continue to monitor that situation as the information is released.