Bryant's redshirt appeal denied, likely finished at OSU
JAN 02, 2014 10:54a ET
The senior team captain, who missed time with significant injuries in both his freshman and senior seasons, applied for a medical redshirt in hopes of being granted an extra year of eligibility. Bryant played in five games last year before breaking his ankle in the Wisconsin game on September 27.
Urban Meyer confirmed the news at his Thursday press conference.
"I believe the appeal was denied," Meyer said. "Not sure if there's another one to come back for another year. He won't be able to play in this game -- there was a little bit of outside hope, but the injury was pretty severe. I'm not sure there's another appeal process, but appeals haven't been very good to the Buckeyes recently."
The last part of Meyer's comment was in reference to Noah Spence's recent suspension for violating Big Ten rules.
While it's clear that Bryant had a legitimate case, Meyer pointed out that the numbers weren't on his side, as explained by Scout.com:
"Bryant played in five games this season, and NCAA rules indicate a player cannot receive a single-year redshirt if they have taken part in more than 30 percent of a contests in a year. The rule is an NCAA rule but is administered by member conferences. This season, even with OSU playing 14 games, Bryant took part in more than 35 percent of the season."
"Bryant was hopeful to receive another year of eligibility because he also missed five games during his freshman season of 2010 with a foot injury, but that was not a season-ending injury because Bryant returned in time for the bowl game with Arkansas."
Bryant will finish his Ohio State football career with 167 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions, barring another appeal.