COLUMBUS: Team captain and free safety Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle and will presumably miss the rest of the season. Urban Meyer announced the injury following Ohio State's 31-24 victory over Wisconsin and left the impression Bryant's season is over.
"That darn kid has done so much for our program, come so far," Meyer said. "Incredible leadership skills. And he's going to be even more valuable outside of football. I love that guy."
Meyer then turned emotional and shouted, "Doggone it!" while pounding the podium with his fist.
"Hard part of the game," he said.
Bryant entered the night second on the team in tackles with 21, seven behind team leader Ryan Shazier.
The Buckeyes' secondary struggled with the Badgers' receivers, particularly Jared Abbrederis, who had 10 catches for a career-high 205 yards and a touchdown. Now they have to find a new free safety, too, before traveling to Northwestern next week for another night game.
Meyer, though, was in no mood to worry about the Wildcats after the game.
"My leader, our leader, is in an ambulance right now going to the hospital to have surgery on his leg. That's the concerning part. ... And he's just devastated," Meyer said. "So that's concern No. 1. Concern probably one, two and three is who is going to fill his spot. Who is going to assume the leadership obligation, responsibility that he has, that he has shown. Incredible young man. His parents should be very, very proud of that guy. I love that guy."