Ohio State football linebacker Tuf Borland suffered an Achilles injury during spring practice, but should be able to return to the field for the 2018 season, Urban Meyer told reporters Monday. Borland missed Monday’s practice and it appears he will be sidelined for the rest of the spring.
Ohio State’s Tuf Borland out with Achilles injury
“He’s got an Achilles injury, so he’s going to miss some time,” Meyer said. “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].”
Urban Meyer says that linebacker Tuf Borland has suffered an achilles injury. Meyer says that he has been told Borland is not in danger of missing this season, however.
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Borland is set to be one of the key pieces in Ohio State’s defense in 2018. He recorded 58 tackles (3.5 for loss) and had 12 in one game against Army during the 2017 season as a redshirt freshman.
In the days leading up to spring practice, Land of 10’s Austin Ward looked at how Ohio State’s linebackers could build around Borland in 2018.
Ohio State may have taken its time figuring out that Tuf Borland was its best option at middle linebacker last season, but eventually that lesson was learned. Based on the way the defense took off with Borland in that spot, don’t expect it to be an issue again. Even with some other touted, talented linebackers competing for playing time in what should be a fascinating spring camp for that key unit, Borland has done more than enough to prove he belongs anchoring the heart of the defense.