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Freshman focus: New guys turning heads

9/11/2012
Freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn should see an increased role on Saturday against California due to injuries to other running backs. Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Playing time is already on the rise for a few Ohio State newcomers.

The Buckeyes even plugged one true freshman in for a surprising start on the defensive line against UCF, starting Tommy Schutt, and another could be in line for first-team work in the offensive backfield, as Bri'onte Dunn is currently on top of the depth chart.

Granted, those two moves are products of injuries, but Urban Meyer hasn't hesitated to thrust some responsibility on his young guns quickly -- and these guys made big impressions in the latest win.

BRI'ONTE DUNN

  • Position: Running back

  • Stats sheet: Five carries for 29 yards, long of 13