Monday, August 10, 2009

MOELLER, SMALL, ROSE ABSENT; HERRON, COLEMAN ON AWARD LISTS

During Sunday's player check-in at the University Plaza Hotel in Columbus, three prominent members of the Ohio State football were missing.

Defensive lineman Robert Rose and wide receiver Ray Small, both of whom had academic issues this summer are apparently ineligible because of grades. The third missing player, junior linebacker Tyler Moeller, is currently at the OSU Medical Center in fair condition after suffering a head injury last month, according to reports.

The cause of the injury is still unknown with multiple stories floating around about how the accident occurred — from falling on a family vacation, to being punched in a fight.

Moeller's absence is a huge blow to the Buckeyes, who were counting on his speed and tenacious style this season at strongside linebacker. It is still unknown if or when Moeller will return to the team.

HERRON ON DOAK WALKER LIST — Buckeyes sophomore tailback, Dan "Boom" Herron, was placed on the 2009 Doak Walker Award watch list, announced on Sunday by the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum. The Doak Walker Award is given out each year to the nation's top collegiate running back.

Herron, who will be replacing Beanie Wells in the backfield this fall, had his moments in 2008, rushing for 439 yards and six touchdowns in a limited role.

The winner of the award will be announced live on December 10 during the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.

COLEMAN ON THORPE LIST — OSU senior safety, Kurt Coleman, was among those listed on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list Sunday. The Thorpe Award is given out to the nation's best defensive back.

Coleman finished third on the team in tackles last season (78) and led the Buckeyes in interceptions with four.

The award will also be announced on ESPN December 10.