Ohio State RB Bri'onte Dunn charged

July, 30, 2012
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Ohio State's running back depth could be about to take another hit.

Freshman Bri'onte Dunn was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop Saturday night in Alliance, Ohio. According to police, Dunn nearly hit a patrol car before he was pulled over. Then officers allegedly found a pipe and small amounts of marijuana in the car. Dunn received a citation and was not taken to jail.

The Buckeyes have yet to comment on the situation, but Urban Meyer has already set a precedent of being tough with players who get in trouble. He suspended starting offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and tight end Jake Stoneburner this summer after they were charged with obstructing official business. He also dismissed linebacker Storm Klein after his misdemeanor domestic violence arrest. Meyer needed to set the tone early with his team and he did, but now he may have no choice but to take similar action against Dunn, if the charges stand.

Dunn was a four-star recruit, according to ESPN RecruitingNation, and he enrolled early and participated in spring practice. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound back was expected to see some playing time early, especially with projected starter Jordan Hall out for at least the early part of the season with a foot injury.

Ohio State still has veterans Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith at the running back spot, but the numbers there could be getting low.

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