Two Ohio State starters suspended

Two Ohio State starters suspended

Published Jun. 4, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Two expected starters for Urban Meyer's first Ohio State team have been suspended from the team.

Ohio State issued a statement Monday saying that Meyer had suspended senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort after they were arrested by police on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. The school said it had no further comment.

Stoneburner and Mewhort were arrested around 2:30 a.m. Saturday by police in Shawnee Hills, northwest of Columbus, near Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament was being held.

No details about the misdemeanor counts against the pair were immediately available from police. The village office said the report on the incident would be released Tuesday.


On a two-deep chart released after the Buckeyes' spring practice period ended, Stoneburner was listed as the starter at tight end and Mewhort at left tackle. Stoneburner caught 14 passes a year ago, seven for touchdowns.

During the spring, Meyer said Stoneburner, a 6-foot-5, 245-pounder whose family lives on the Muirfield course, is one of the top playmakers on a team in dire need of players who can make big plays.

''Jake Stoneburner has done a very good job,'' Meyer said then. ''We're moving him around, doing a lot of things with him.''

He also had high praise for Mewhort, saying he was developing into a team leader up front.

''He's probably our best and most consistent lineman,'' he said midway through the spring.

WBNS-TV first reported Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third man not affiliated with the football program were arrested near Muirfield Village.

A message was left Monday for a defense attorney.