Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 10/28/2010

OSU decides to play linebacker Sabino


Ask Matt Markey your Ohio State football questions every Monday at 12 p.m. on ToledoBlade.com in the BGSU/OSU football Web chat.

COLUMBUS - As the injury issues on the Ohio State defense linger, the Buckeyes coaches are reportedly planning to pull the redshirt off junior linebacker Etienne Sabino for this weekend's game at Minnesota.

The strategy all along had been for Sabino to sit out this season and retain two years of eligibility, but with senior Ross Homan sidelined with a foot injury and redshirt freshman Dorian Bell is still out after suffering a concussion against Indiana, multiple sources here confirmed yesterday that Sabino has been practicing with the starters this week with the expectation of playing against the Golden Gophers.

Sabino (6-3, 240) was a U.S. Army All-American in his senior year at Dr. Krop High School in North Miami Beach, and has played mostly on special teams for the Buckeyes. He was not expected to start this season, playing behind seniors Brian Rolle and Homan and junior Andrew Sweat, so Sabino and the OSU coaches settled on redshirting with the idea he would start the next two seasons.

After sitting out the first eight games for the 7-1 Buckeyes, Sabino would be available for the final four games of this season, and the bowl game.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.