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Ohio State DT Michael Hill suspended for the start of the 2017 season

The fifth-year senior will miss at least the season opener for the Buckeyes.

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We are just a few short weeks away from the start of the 2017 college football season, and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced at his press conference Monday that the team had suspended defensive tackle Michael Hill for the beginning of the season.

Meyer didn’t initially report on the nature of the suspension or length, but the team will be without the redshirt freshman for at least the season opener against Indiana on August 31. With a depth chart that keeps being refilled with blue-chip recruits, Hill missing a conference game could impact his spot on the roster — especially if the “Next Man Up” moniker holds true again for the Buckeyes.

Hill was one of the more experienced lineman on that side of the ball. As a fifth-year senior, he saw snaps at starter in 2016 and recorded 21 total tackles (3.5 for loss). He snagged 1.0 sack during his Ohio State career, back in 2014, but didn’t claim too much room on the stat sheet until last season.