Ohio State Buckeyes senior safety Christian Bryant is a key player and leader on this Buckeyes defense, so the news that he will likely miss the remainder of the season is a crushing blow for the top five team. Bryant broke his ankle while trying to dive in and tackle Wisconsin Badgers running back James White on a third-and-long screen pass. A teammate may have landed on his ankle, and Bryant got up and tried to hope his way back to the sideline. Unfortunately, Bryant did not make it, as he fell and needed trainers to help him off the field. Bryant had to leave the stadium in an ambulance, and the injury definitely looked severe right from the get-go.
According to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Christian Bryant broke his ankle and will likely miss the rest of the season after having surgery at the hospital. Meyer slammed his fist down, and delivered an extremely heartfelt press conference when addressing Bryant. He praised the star safety’s incredible leadership skills, and he even said, “I love that guy.” He added that he thinks Bryant can do a lot outside of football with his leadership qualities, and the captain’s intangibles will be sorely missed on this Ohio State defense.
The Buckeyes have enough depth to make do without Bryant, but the loss of the starting safety will not be underrated by OSU fans who know how important his leadership is to this team. Last season recorded 70 tackles with 13 passes defended and was one of the best playmaking defensive backs in the entire Big Ten.
Meyer stated, “He’s our leader. There’s no doubt — if not the leader of the defense, one of them. And he’s just devastated.”
Expect Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown to play a huge role on defense with Bryant out, and Brown is definitely a player to watch for closely. Let’s hope that Bryant can either return at some point this season or get a medical redshirt.