Monday, November 21, 2011

ANDREW SWEAT QUESTIONABLE FOR MICHIGAN, DOCTORS TO MAKE CALL

Andrew Sweat, right, and Luke Fickell
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior linebacker Andrew Sweat has been listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan, Buckeyes head coach Luke Fickell announced Monday.

Sweat, who is the Buckeyes leader in tackles this season with 68, missed Ohio State's game against Penn State over the weekend due to a concussion suffered during their trip to Purdue a week prior.

Fickell said that if were up to Sweat he would certainly be playing in Ann Arbor this weekend, but ultimately, the decision determining his status will be made by the medical professionals.

"When you're dealing with the head, it doesn't matter what game it really is," Fickell said. "Obviously he wanted to be out there last week. And if you would have given him a helmet he would have been out there last week.

"But you ultimately gotta look at what's best for him. And there's some things you just can't mess around with. If it's a bad knee or a bad ankle or bad whatever, something else, you know, I promise you he'd be out there.

"But when you're dealing with the head, we're going to have to leave that to the doctors."

Sweat is currently listed as the backup weakside linebacker behind true freshman Ryan Shazier. Shazier was named the Big Ten's freshman of the week on Monday for his 15-tackle performance in the Buckeyes loss to Penn State.