Whatever Ray Small did, it wasn’t the first time he did it. Now, one of the deepest positions on the Buckeyes’ offense is becoming precariously thinner with the Buckeyes’ de facto second team receiver corp (Small, Carter) out for the Rose Bowl. If replacing a solid no. 3 receiver on top of Carter isn’t enough, the Buckeyes will also have to replace his special teams production as well. Ohio State’s return game is middle of the pack nationally, but Small gave enough to dramatically turn the course of a game, as his performances against Wisconsin and Penn State show. His presence on kickoffs are less pronounced, but he was the guy on punt returns. Without Ray, the Buckeyes will likely plug the first time wide receiver corp of Posey and Sanzenbacher to field punts. The two will likely do the job of accepting the punt, but are unlikely to do much damage upfield.
Joining him in Cleveland for the Rose Bowl will be fellow Tarblooder Rob Rose. As you may remember, Rose was mentioned along with Duron Carter among the list of the academically ineligible. Rose passed that test, but seems to have failed whatever is putting him in the same company as Ray Small and Bo DeLande. Fortunately, defensive line is deep for the Buckeyes.
As was wide receiver. Hopefully this is the last of this line of news before January 1st.