Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SABINO IS 'KIND OF' RED-SHIRTED

Photo of Etienne Sabino by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that junior linebacker Etienne Sabino will red-shirt this season, if there are no unforeseen injuries.

"Right now day-by-day, we're kind of red-shirting him," Tressel said of Sabino. "His red-shirting is a day-by-day thing. He doesn't have any injury issues, nothing outside of football. For this moment he's red-shirting and if everyone's healthy going into the ball game, we'll probably hold him from the ball game."

Sabino, who seemed to have the strongside linebacker spot locked up after running with the first team all through spring and most of the summer, was demoted to backup middle linebacker after the Buckeyes staff named junior Andrew Sweat the starter at the SAM spot prior to week one.

Sabino didn't see any action against Marshall in the season opener, creating a little concern, especially since Storm Klein — who shares the same spot on the depth chart— was a no-go.

Tressel stated that some of the reason for the demotion was Sweat's play, but most of it was that Sabino was used a little ahead of schedule, and that they will be looking at him for the future rather than this season.

"He was 19 when he came here," Tressel said. "And we needed him because we were so thin at some things.

"He knows what's most important to us is 2010.