Ohio State safety Brendon White enters NCAA transfer portal

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State safety Brendon White (25), here making a tackle against Indiana on Sept. 14, apparently will be leaving the Buckeyes program. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

Ohio State safety Brendon White has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, The Dispatch has confirmed, a development that likely marks the end of his career with the Buckeyes.

White, a junior from Olentangy Liberty, finished fifth on the team with 46 tackles in 2018 as he started the final five games at safety opposite Jordan Fuller and was named defensive MVP in the Rose Bowl.

But he saw an unexpected drop-off in his playing time this season and fell into a reserve role.

White did not travel with the Buckeyes for the Big Ten championship game last week. Coach Ryan Day cited unspecified personal reasons for his absence.

In 10 games this season, he had seen only 173 total snaps, according to a tally from Pro Football Focus, after being on the field for 472 snaps in nine games last season.

As Day began his first full season at the helm of the program, he brought in new defensive co-coordinators, Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison, who fashioned a new “bullet” position, a hybrid safety/linebacker.

White was slated to start in that role, but the Buckeyes largely abandoned the scheme throughout the season as Hafley and Mattison opted to line up more traditional linebackers.

White last played for the Buckeyes in mid-November, a win at Rutgers, totaling two tackles. He finished this season with 19 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

Players in the transfer portal, an online database, are given permission to be contacted by other schools.

White has one season of eligibility remaining. He is a native of Powell, and his father, William White, was a former all-Big Ten safety for the Buckeyes.


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