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The Suburbanite
  • Sunday Special: Dunn has work to do at Ohio State

  • The last thing Urban Meyer will let his players at Ohio State do is rest on the undefeated 12-0 season of last year. Clearly Meyer wants more from his offense and the second-year Ohio State head coach isn’t shy about assessing his team.

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  • The last thing Urban Meyer will let his players at Ohio State do is rest on the undefeated 12-0 season of last year. Clearly Meyer wants more from his offense and the second-year Ohio State head coach isn’t shy about assessing his team.
    Average is what Meyer calls them.
    That isn’t to say Meyer doesn’t like some of the pieces. He gushes about quarterback Braxton Miller’s athletic ability, but tempers it with the reality that Miller’s throwing mechanics aren’t fine tuned. He loves the play-making ability of receiver Devin Smith, then tempers it by trying to coax more from Smith.
    Meyer is practically obsessive compulsive with execution and production.
    That’s a good thing.
    Some offenses revolve around a quarterback or running back. Meyer’s offensive system centers on receivers.
    Traditionally, though, the running back position at Ohio State has been top of mind to fans, usually right after quarterback.
    GlenOak graduate Bri’onte Dunn is in the mix at spring practice, but he won’t be a starter this year unless there is some unforeseen circumstance that crops up. Meyer has used Carlos Hyde at tailback with the starting unit this spring and moved Jordan Hall to more of a hybrid, slot receiver position. Regular observers of Buckeye spring drills say Rod Smith is getting much of the load as the second team back, with Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball getting action after that.
    Last week, Ohio State unveiled a new formation taken from the San Francisco 49ers in which Miller lines up in the shotgun with three running backs in the backfield. Dunn wasn’t on the field.
    Ball lined up behind Miller in the shotgun, with Smith and Hyde on each side of Miller, slightly offset in front of him.
    Meyer seems like the kind of coach who will use spring practice as a motivational tool for certain players, almost like a warning shot. But Meyer has proven he isn’t afraid to give someone else an opportunity if he believes another player isn’t making the most of it.
    No one wins a starting position in spring, but players have lost an edge there. Dunn has game experience over Ball.
    But I wondered when Dunn went to Ohio State if he was a good fit for Meyer’s offense. I still wonder. Meyer has a limited track record of producing bonafide NFL running backs at the college level.
    No spring date has more influence on a players’ standing than the spring game and the scrimmage a week before the spring game. Dunn can make a mark there.
    ROBINSON GONE FROM UM
    Former Canton South wide receiver Jerald Robinson left the Michigan football team in December before the Wolverines’ bowl game, and now his problems seem to be worse. Robinson was arrested last month after being pulled over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for a license plate violation. Police found 447 grams of marijuana, according to Toledo News Now.
    Page 2 of 2 - The incident happened March 17 and Robinson was initially placed in Lorain County Jail.
    Toledo News Now reported Robinson was driving a 2008 Dodge Charger on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County. Troopers smelled marijuana and found three gallon-sized bags with the drug inside with a street value of $4,470.
    Robinson has been charged with drug possession and trafficking in drugs. Both are felonies.
    MOCK DRAFTS
    It is the season when everyone has a guess on which players NFL teams will take with mock drafts. ESPN’s draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have differing opinions on where the Browns will go.
    McShay has Cleveland taking BYU defensive end Exekial Ansah.
    Kiper has the Browns taking Dion Jordan, an outside linebacker from Oregon. McShay has Jordan going to Jacksonville with the second overall pick.
    OHSAA CHANGE
    A proposed Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaw change that has been lost in the competitive balance referendum vote deals with transfer student-athletes.
    Currently, any student-athlete who transfers after the fifth day of his or her ninth grade year is ineligible to play sports for one year from the transfer date. The referendum change would make the student-athlete ineligible for 50 percent of the regular-season contests in the sports the student-athlete played the previous year.
    In other words, a basketball player that transfers after his freshman season is ineligible for half the basketball season, but could play the entire football season if he didn’t play that sport the year before.