Per a variety of reports at Ohio State's April 2nd, 2013 practice, Buckeyes backup guard junior Antonio Underwood will likely miss the 2013 season with what Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer called an ACL injury. Underwood was projected to be the principle backup at left guard backing up senior Andrew Norwell while also providing depth across the line.
Underwood made his first collegiate start two years ago in the now "lost" 2011 season against Purdue. The backup lineman is a Shaker Heighs High alum hailing appropriately enough from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He played in the late Ohio/Pennsylvania Big 33 game coming out of high school and played both sides of the ball (principly at nose tackle) back when he was a 3-star prospect.
What this means for Ohio State's already somewhat thin depth-wise offensive line isn't immediately clear. It could mean redshirt sophomore Chase Farris getting more responsibility or possibly someone like Kyle Dodson or Jacoby Boren having to slide over if necessary. Pat Elflein, who was said to see reps in the practice at right tackle with sophomore Taylor Decker and Farris, could also garner consideration to provide additional depth along the line.
UPDATE (8:45 p.m.): In a release, Ohio State confirms Underwood will redshirt this season. He'll have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
UPDATE (10:48 p.m.): Now a university spokesperson has amended the previously release saying Underwood is out 6 months and may or may not miss the season.