Ohio State Players React To Suspensions

Ohio State will be without four key players when it visits Virginia Tech to start the season. On Thursday, the Buckeyes reacted to the news that Joey Bosa, Corey Smith, Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall had been suspended.

Ohio State showed last season that it can overcome the absence of key players. Now the Buckeyes will have to show they can do so when the wounds are self-inflicted.

Still, Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry believes the way the team replaced the injured Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Dontre Wilson last year could bode well for the Buckeyes in dealing with the one-game suspensions of Joey Bosa, Corey Smith, Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall.

"I’ll point to last year," linebacker Joshua Perry said. "It was a bit of a different situation, but the way guys stepped up last year when we didn’t have players available was pretty amazing. It just goes to show how we do things around our program, the way we prepare and the expectation level that we have for everyone on our team.

"We’re disappointed because we value a high level of accountability, but at the same time you have to realize that guys do make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. As much as you want to eliminate those mistakes, you have to recognize them and do something about them and move forward from it."

Ohio State will have to deal with big losses on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they're losing a trio of playmakers in a game against a defense that stymied them for much of last year's contest. On the other hand, they've recruited well enough to negate some of that and also add Braxton Miller to the mix in the wide receiver room now.

“Obviously you never want to lose guys, but we have a next-man up culture, next guy in is going to get the job done. We have playmakers all over the field. We have Noah Brown, we have Curtis Samuel, Braxton now. That sounds like a pretty good lineup to me. I’m not too worried about that. I’m going to do my job and I’m going to count on whoever is in that position to do their job. I’m going to hold them accountable, it doesn’t matter if they didn’t start at all last year or anything like that. They are expected to be good. Guys we recruit can go anywhere in the country. I’m not worried about it one bit.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes will have to deal with the suspension of the player pegged by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Bosa's spot in the lineup will likely be filled by either Jalyn Holmes or Sam Hubbard, and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington isn't expecting to see a dropoff in production.

“I don’t think so, not at all," Washington said. "Because our defense is made for anybody to play. We would love to have Joey, but we can’t have him for the first game, so we can’t change up our whole defense because of one person. Whoever that guy is, he is going to be capable of going in and not having any fall off.”

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