Ohio State's challenge to replace two multiyear starters at linebacker won't include Dorian Bell this season.
The redshirt sophomore has been suspended for the season for an unspecified violation of team rules. Bucknuts.com, which first reported Bell's suspension Sunday afternoon, writes that Bell violated the same team rule for the third time. Those familiar with how Ohio State disciplines players can probably figure out what Bell did wrong.
Bell didn't make the trip to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl for undisclosed reasons, and Bucknuts.com reports he would have been suspended for the 2011 opener against Akron before the latest rule violation. But he participated in spring practice and seemed to perform well, as he competed for a starting outside linebacker position.
The second-highest rated member of Ohio State's 2009 recruiting class, according to ESPN Recruiting, Bell redshirted in 2009 before appearing in eight games last season as a reserve. He recorded nine tackles in 2010.
Ohio State exited the spring knowing two of its likely starters at linebacker (Andrew Sweat and Etienne Sabino). With Bell out of the mix, the spotlight turns to players like Storm Klein and Jordan Whiting to fill the third starting spot.