A former Ohio State offensive lineman is hoping for a shot at more playing time at a new football home. If the NCAA helps him out, he will be allowed to play right away this season.
Tommy Brown has decided to transfer to Akron, a transfer that brings him closer to home. Cleveland.com reports Brown has applied for a hardship waiver in order to be able to play right away this fall, rather than sit out the entire fall under standard NCAA transfer rules. Whether the NCAA approves the waiver remains to be seen.
Brown’s decision to transfer is a result of a stocked offensive line at Ohio State, making it difficult to crack a spot in the starting line-up in Columbus for the former three-star prospect. A move to Akron would likely mean a bigger role with a team with some rising expectations in the MAC. Akron was picked to finish second in the MAC East Division in a preseason media poll. Brown had been limited to special teams duties with the Buckeyes.
In other Akron football news, defensive line coach Todd Stroud is taking a leave of absence to seek medial attention for a blood disorder.