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Tuf Borland has an Achilles injury and is expected to miss the rest of spring practice.

Ohio State football’s Tuf Borland out with Achilles injury; Keita Bates-Diop declares for 2018 NBA Draft

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Tuf Borland out with Achilles injury, expected to return in 2018

Ohio State got some unwelcome news Monday when Urban Meyer announced that Buckeyes linebacker Tuf Borland had sustained a serious injury. Borland will be sidelined for the rest of spring practice with an Achilles injury, though Meyer said he is expected to be back on the field in the fall.

“He’s got an Achilles injury, so he’s going to miss some time,” Meyer told reporters. “It’s a little bit like J.T. Barrett, he was out for a while but it wasn’t that long. … They tell us no [his season is not in jeopardy].”

Borland entered spring practice as Ohio State’s starting middle linebacker, but now those reps are up for grabs. Justin Hilliard and Baron Browning will be battling for them this spring as the Buckeyes still have plenty of talent and depth at linebacker.

Observations from Ohio State’s sixth spring practice

Hilliard had the first-team reps at middle linebacker with Borland sidelined during the Buckeyes’ sixth spring practice of 2018 on Monday. Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn broke down how Ohio State is filling Borland’s void and noted other observations as Ohio State moves toward its April 14 spring game.

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Keita Bates-Diop declares for NBA draft, ends Ohio State career

Keita Bates-Diop’s college career is over. The 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft on Monday and said he planned to hire an agent, ending his career at Ohio State. Bates-Diop had one season of eligibility remaining, but after four years in Columbus, he decided it was time to go pro.

“These last four years have been the best four years of my life. It’s been a great journey,” Bates-Diop said at a press conference. He averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as he led Ohio State to 25 wins and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He’ll try to prove himself as a first-round pick over the next three months leading to the draft.

New challenge for Chris Holtmann

By no means did Chris Holtmann inherit an easy situation when he became the Ohio State head coach last year. Holtmann took over a program in the midst of turnover and turmoil and still managed to turn it into an NCAA Tournament team that nearly won the Big Ten regular-season title. Year 2 is not going to be easy, either, with Ohio State losing Bates-Diop in addition to seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich. Land of 10 looked at how the Buckeyes’ depth will be tested next season.

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