Ohio State football: Local product among 5 Buckeye defensive linemen out Saturday

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Wayne grad says nothing in practice prepares a player for the game.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Robert "BB" Landers is among four scholarship Ohio State defensive linemen who will miss the sixth-ranked Buckeyes' game against Miami University on Saturday.

The school included Landers, a senior from Wayne High School, among eight players listed as “unavailable” for the game in a report released Friday morning.

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Landers started the season opener and came off the bench the past two weeks as part of a rotation at nose tackle with fellow senior Davon Hamilton and sophomore Tommy Togiai.

Also out are fellow tackle Taron Vincent and ends Jonathon Cooper and Tyreke Smith.

Cooper is a senior captain and returning starter from Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln who has not played in a game this season after suffering a leg injury in the preseason.

Smith is a sophomore who has been among the group to replace him in the rotation. The Cleveland native started last week’s game at Indiana but suffered an undisclosed injury. He was also slowed at the start of the season by recovery from an offseason surgery, but Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Thursday this is a new injury without going into any further detail.

Sophomore Tyler Friday and true freshman Zach Harrison are listed as co-starters at the end position left open by the injuries to Cooper and Smith.

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Also unavailable Saturday are receivers C.J. Saunders and Kamryn Babb, safety Ronnie Hickman and defensive tackle Noah Donald, who is a walk-on.

Reserve defensive back Cam Brown is listed as a game-time decision while Jahsen Wint is available after missing last week’s game.

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