Ohio State's Tommy Schutt out Until Midseason with Broken Foot

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 29, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

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.

Urban Meyer revealed the news and couldn't have been any more disappointed with the injury, per a Columbus Dispatch report by Tim May.

“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.

His size6'3", 305 poundsmakes 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.