As Carlos Hyde has regained his spot as Ohio State's top running back, Jordan Hall steps back into a support role and freshman Dontre Wilson earns more time, coach Urban Meyer still must field a regular question: Whatever happened to Bri'onte Dunn?
As Carlos Hyde has regained his spot as Ohio State’s top running back, Jordan Hall steps back into a support role and freshman Dontre Wilson earns more time, coach Urban Meyer still must field a regular question: Whatever happened to Bri’onte Dunn?
Dunn was one of the first commitments to the 2012 recruiting class, one whom Meyer worked quickly to affirm after being hired.
But Dunn, a power back who played sparingly as a freshman, has not played this fall. He seems destined for a redshirt season. Meyer doesn’t want him to waste a year of eligibility in mop-up duty, and when Dunn failed to gain a spot on any of the special teams, his die was cast.
Besides, as Meyer said yesterday, Dunn has a sprained ankle that has kept him out of practice.
Crew interim coach Brian Bliss has said all the right things about wanting to return to his role as the team’s technical director if new owner Anthony Precourt and president Mark McCullers decide to go in a different direction when they name a coach.
But Columbus is 5-2 since Bliss took over for Robert Warzycha, an outcome that was likely noticed by Major League Soccer clubs looking for a coach.
One of those teams needs no introduction to Bliss: FC Dallas is owned by the Hunt Sports Group, the outfit that sold the Crew to Precourt Sports Ventures in July. Bliss has indicated he won’t seek other coaching jobs if the Crew hires someone else, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t listen if another team calls.
Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary is Jack Nicklaus’ grandson, but he told ESPN’s GameDay last week that he would like to be known for his own success.
“I love my grandpa, nothing to take away from him, but it’s me. I’m going my own way now,” O’L eary said. “I love that he’s here for every game. After anything that happens with me, they always turn the camera to where (Nicklaus is) sitting. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
O’Leary has 16 receptions for 293 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Len Pasquarelli of the National Football Post recently wrote that the primary reasons the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis were football-related but added that Browns officials had other concerns about the former Alabama star, including some outside distractions that needed to be addressed.
“Nothing sinister, mind you, just a need to perhaps rid himself of some hangers-on and family members who were perhaps a bit too close to him.” Pasquarelli wrote. “It’s not known if those alleged components have contributed to Richardson’s slow start in Indy, but the tailback has been a disappointment so far in his new uniform.”
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com that reports of the team shopping Brandon Phillips are false, though he would not guarantee that Phillips will be the second baseman when players report for spring training.
“I’m not saying that,” Jocketty said. “We’ve got some things to look at. … I’m not going to say nobody is untouchable. Obviously, we want to keep as much of this club intact as we can.”
Phillips, who batted .261 with 18 home runs and a career-high 103 RBI, would be a difficult player to trade. He has four years remaining on a six-year, $72 million contract.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor said he met with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin before the 2012 supplemental draft. They talked about what it would be like for Pryor, a former Ohio State player from Jeannette, Pa., to play for his hometown team.
“Mike said, “Hey, I’ll draft you if you want to play here,’” said Pryor, who added that Tomlin then relayed a story about an NFL quarterback who played in his hometown and had trouble dealing with the inherent distractions. Pryor said he ended up telling Tomlin he didn’t want to play near Pittsburgh.
Whether the Steelers would have drafted Pryor is an open question. But as the Raiders starter, he does know what to expect when Oakland plays Pittsburgh on Sunday.
“(Tomlin) did say, and I’ll remember this, ‘When the time comes and we play you, I’m coming after you. I’m blitzing you,’” Pryor said. “I remember that and I’ll giggle with him when I see him on the field and I’ll be waiting for it.”
Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch.