A primary contender for the starting running back role is no longer a Buckeye.
Senior back Bri’onte Dunn was reportedly dismissed from Ohio State’s football team on Monday for violation of team rules, Landof10 sources say. Urban Meyer then confirmed the news Monday evening with a statement.
“Bri’onte Dunn has been dismissed from the Ohio State football program for a violation of team rules,” Meyer’s statement read.
According to The Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May, a civil protection order was filed against Dunn on Monday by his girlfriend, who he reportedly had an altercation with over the weekend.
Dunn was expected to shoulder a heavier workload in 2016 after Ezekiel Elliott left the Buckeyes for the NFL, and he made an impression on the coaching staff in the spring.
“Bri’onte Dunn, I’m so impressed with him,” Meyer said after a practice earlier this spring. “Because we all know a couple years ago there wasn’t a whole lot of conversation about him. Just to see his family come to practice like they did on Saturday, wide-eyed, because he’s doing right in the classroom and doing right everywhere.”
This isn’t the first legal problem that Dunn has faced during his time at Ohio State. Reports surfaced in 2012 that Dunn had been arrested after a run-in with the police. He was later acquitted of the disorderly conduct charge.
Dunn’s departure leaves the Buckeyes with a major experience gap at the position.
A fifth-year senior, Dunn played in 21 games at Ohio State and ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The presumable candidate for the job now would be redshirt freshman Mike Weber. Weber, a former 4-star prospect, has yet to suit up for the Buckeyes in a live game but carried the ball eight times for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s spring game.
With the loss of Dunn, true freshmen Antonio Williams and DeMario McCall are in line to play a factor this fall.