When the Ohio State football team kicks off the 2016 season in September, it will be without the elder statesman in the offensive backfield.
Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer announced Monday evening that fifth-year senior running back Bri’onte Dunn had been dismissed from the team. Meyer cited a violation of team rules, but did not elaborate in an emailed statement released via an Ohio State spokesman.
According to Franklin County Clerk of Courts records, a civil protection order was filed against Dunn on Monday. The Columbus Dispatch reported the order was filed be a female believed to be Dunn's girlfriend, stemming from an altercation that took place over the weekend.
Dunn, a former five-star recruit out of Canton (Ohio) GlenOak, had an up-and-down career with the Buckeyes and never fulfilled his lofty potential, though he was expected to compete for a starting spot this fall. Dunn appeared in a total of 26 games for Ohio State, carrying the ball 49 times for 291 yards and three touchdowns while contributing on special teams.
The dismissal leaves Ohio State with just two scholarship running backs in redshirt-freshman Mike Weber and true freshman Antonio Williams, though that does not include H-backs Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson, who are both expected to carry the ball as well.