Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Ohio State strong safety C.J. Barnett will miss the remainder of the 2010 season with a knee injury. Photo by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore safety C.J. Barnett is out for the season, according to Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel.

Tressel stated Tuesday afternoon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus that his starting strong safety, who went down with a knee injury during last Saturday's win over Miami, is schedule to undergo surgery later today and will be unable to return for the rest of 2010.

"We unfortunately lost C.J. Barnett probably for the season ... " Tressel said. "I think today he'll be having surgery so we probably won't have him for the rest of the year."

Barnett, who won the starting strong safety job over fellow sophomore Orhian Johnson, looked promising during the first game and three quarters of the 2010 season. Barnett, a native of Dayton, recorded 4.5 tackles in the first two games and even broke up a pass during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Miami, which went sailing into the arms of his teammate Nathan Williams for an interception.

"C.J. was really playing well," Tressel said. "He took advantage of an opportunity in preseason to get a lot of reps when Orhian Johnson had a calf pull and really did well, and we thought he played very well through the first game and three quarters."

Tressel said that Johnson, along with senior Aaron Gant and sophomore Zach Domicone will compete to be Barnett's replacement.

Photo of Nathan Williams by
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
WILLIAMS STRONG AS EVER ... Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams, who went down with a knee injury during the fall jersey scrimmage last month, returned to action against Miami on Saturday and announced his presence with authority.

The junior from Washington Court House (OH), not only recorded a sack of Miami star quarterback Jacory Harris during the 36-24 victory, but he also came up with an interception on the opening defensive series which set the tone for the entire game.

Tressel said that the interception really gave Williams a pep in his already confident step.

"Humans play this game, the video games are not played by humans," Tressel said. "There's probably no human change in Madden or whatever, but when a human has something good happen, you can see that confidence swell ...

"Nathan's a full speed guy," Tressel continued. "Nathan is a confident guy, but even he can have a little bit of a boost by having some good fortune. C.J. (Barnett) hit the ball and Nathan was right there."

As for Williams' health going forward?

"He came out health-wise great. I think he played about 30 snaps," Tressel said of Williams. "We were thinking he might play 20, 22, so he exceeded our expectations there and played well, played with a lot of burst.

"I'd like to think he'll do nothing but get stronger as time goes on."

IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR ... Ohio State junior wide receiver DeVier Posey will have a more personal view of this Saturday's game against Ohio University. DeVier's older brother, Julian Posey, is a starting cornerback for the Bobcats.

Tressel said that the younger Posey better win the battle, or the elder Posey will never let him hear the end of it.

"I think Julian and DeVier worked out a little bit against each other and they'll be talking trash," Tressel laughed. "Those guys talk trash to people they don't even know, I can't even imagine what they'll be doing when they face one another.

"It's going to be fun because (Julian's) a good player and he knows his brother as well as anyone. I told DeVier, I said, 'if big brother shuts you down, it's going to be a long lifetime for you.'"