Ohio State football notebook: Injury likely will end Adam Griffin’s career

By The Columbus Dispatch  • 
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The football career of Ohio State cornerback Adam Griffin appears to be over.

The son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin had shoulder surgery yesterday morning. OSU sent an email update in the afternoon saying “in all likelihood, (Griffin) won’t be able to continue playing football.”

Adam Griffin, a fourth-year junior, played in 16 games for the Buckeyes, mostly on special teams. He made a pivotal play against Penn State last year. With the Buckeyes leading by four in the first half, Griffin reacted alertly to a fake punt and broke up a pass that would have given the Nittany Lions a first down and much-needed momentum. Ohio State took control in the second half and cruised to a 35-23 victory.

Griffin hoped to earn a larger role this year, but faced stiff competition with the addition of freshmen Eli Apple, Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley. Now the shoulder injury apparently has ended Griffin’s hopes.

Griffin handled what could have been the difficult burden of living up to his father’s legacy with grace. He didn’t mind his nickname, “Young Arch,” and spoke often of the honor of being Archie’s son.

“I’m pretty comfortable with it,” he said last season. “I’ve grown used to it over the years, just being from around here. It’s really nothing new to me. People kind of recognized me in high school, but not quite to the level I’m recognized now.”

Griffin was the recipient last winter of the team’s Iron Buckeye Award given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies unquestionable physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership.

Griffin was prepared to walk on at Ohio State until then-coach Jim Tressel offered the lightly recruited Griffin a scholarship. The DeSales graduate gradually worked his way to earning playing time. He played in all 12 games last year and was credited with 13 tackles.

Wood’s career is over

Griffin wasn’t the only Buckeye whose career probably has ended because of shoulder issues. Defensive back Jamie Wood, a fifth-year senior from Pickerington, had been trying to come back from multiple shoulder surgeries, but that apparently won’t happen.

He played in 30 games. His 2012 season ended after four games because of a shoulder injury. In his career, Wood had 20 tackles, including 11 solo.

Wood already has his degree in strategic communications and intends to attend graduate school.

Stripes removed

Defensive lineman Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott, two of the most acclaimed members of the 2013 recruiting class, had the black stripes removed from their helmets, signifying full-fledged status as Buckeyes.

Bosa and Elliott join walk-on receiver Joe Ramstetter, linebacker Mike Mitchell and running back Dontre Wilson as freshmen to earn that distinction.

Last day at Ackerman

The Buckeyes wrap up their week at the Ackerman Road Field today with practices at 9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. It’s part of a stretch of nine practices in six days. On Saturday, the Buckeyes’ practice will include a scrimmage.

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