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With spread on the way, Buckeyes FB to transfer

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A week after a pair of defensive backs were “released from their scholarships“, a player from the other side of the ball has decided to take his leave from the Ohio State football program.

Fullback David Durham confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch Sunday night that he has decided to transfer from the Buckeyes.  Durham, who moved from the defensive line to the backfield last year, said the type of offense being installed by new head coach Urban Meyer was the overriding factor in his decision.

“I have really taken to playing the fullback position over the last year,” Durham told the paper. “Unfortunately, I will not have a significant opportunity to do this in coach Meyer’s spread offense.

“I love the Ohio State University and all of my teammates and coaches, and I really appreciate all of their support through this process. It will be tough to leave such a special place. I am exploring different options right now for my future.”

There’s no word yet on where Durham may continue his collegiate career.  The Charlotte native was a member of OSU’s 2010 recruiting class.

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7 Responses to “With spread on the way, Buckeyes FB to transfer”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    He will catch on with another team. There is ample opportunity in the NCAA for a good FB, on more conventional type offenses.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Jan 24, 2012 7:56 AM

    Should have stayed on defense. Playing fullback is not the best decision these days. The position is disappearing from most college programs and less than half of the NFL still uses a traditional fullback.

  3. goblue714 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:11 AM

    Michigan could use an outdated FB from ohio. Come visit Ann Arbor, you’ll fall in love.

  4. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 8:14 AM

    The FB and TE positions are both becoming more active in the offense, versus only being blockers, but I think if the kid has anything on the ball, he can adapt to the new role, and thrive.
    The Spread Offense takes the FB position out mostly because it is really a QB option type of offense, and that doesn’t need a FB much, unless he does a lot of running which the spread wouldn’t allow him to do. I would say he is a pretty big kid, and not really suited to it. You don’t need a FB, when the backfield is always in motion, since the blocking assignments or running assignment would not be there, unless you can trail the QB, really well, and be prepared for a pitch, or late hand off. Speed in the backfield is the real need. I don’t know much about this kid, but the fact that he went from DL to FB, indicates he could probably do decent as TE in a more conventional type of offense. On pro set offenses, the TE can thrive.

  5. steveoz49 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:51 AM

    I don’t want to see a player leave, but it’s in his best interest. This also frees up another scholarship for Urban to use for signing day.

  6. mrslay1 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:45 AM

    It’s a sad thing always when coaching changes destroy the lives of kids who put the carriers in the hands they have trusted and then see it wiped out. Of coarse to the ohio magget university they could care less. Comments on this post show that for sure.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    Coaches come and go all of the time. It is the same in professional sports. Most of the athletes can adapt but for those that can’t, there are plenty of other schools to transfer to, if they are good enough.
    Not an OSU fan by any means but at least they are trying to recover from Tattoogate and move on. The biggest positive move they could have made, would be to get rid of their president and athletic director. I guess they didn’t want to gut everybody at once though. Meyer will have them running on all cylinders before too long.

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