Ohio State junior offensive lineman Tommy Brown has decided to transfer from the Buckeyes and make the most of his remaining years of eligibility of play at Akron University, according to George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal. Brown was a fourth-year junior, due to his redshirting in the 2011 season.
The following season, 2012, Brown wasn't able to get any playing time on the field, but continued working hard until he found himself at the end of 2013 with a total of 208 plays and having played all 14 games for the Buckeyes on the season. Most of Brown's plays came on special teams, but he did see a career-high 51 snaps on offense against Florida A&M and he saw plenty of Big Ten action as well.
The 6'5, 300-pound Brown was a member of the 2011 recruiting class and was rated as three-star under the 247Sports Composite. Other offers from schools included Cincinnati, Duke, Michigan State, and West Virginia. Brown grew up in Akron, so it makes sense for him to return to his hometown, especially if it means he'll have a starting job for the Zips on the offensive or even defensive line. According to George Thomas, who first reported the story, Brown will seek a waiver to play immediately:
Former Firestone football standout LT Tommy Brown is transferred to UA, will seek hardship waiver to play 2014.— George Thomas (@GeorgeThomasABJ) August 2, 2014