Playing both nose guard and tackle, Schutt was expected to play a part in the defensive line rotation. In practice, Schutt was pushing starting nose guard Joel Hale for the starting postion.
This loss could pose a problem for a new front four that while talented lacks experience, particularly at Schutt's postion, vacated by current NFL player Jonathan Hankins.
Former Ohio State great Joey Galloway (who will be broadcasting the Buckeyes' season opener) confirmed the initial report on Twitter not long there after:
Ohio State DT Tommy Schutt out 6-8 weeks with a foot injury. Could be a problem for a new front 4 that lacks depth and experience.— joey galloway (@Joey_Galloway) August 28, 2013
Redshirt sophomore Chris Carter, who slimmed down to 345 pounds from his previous playing weight of almost 400 pounds, will assume the backup nose guard spot, while true freshman Michael Hill will take the second tackle position, backing up Michael Bennett.
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