Ohio St. TE Jeff Heuerman out for spring after foot surgery

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Jeff Heuerman was Ohio State's third-leading receiver in 2013. (USATSI)
Jeff Heuerman was Ohio State's third-leading receiver in 2013. (USATSI)
There's good news and bad news for Jeff Heuerman and Ohio State .

The bad news is that Urban Meyer told reporters Tuesday that the Buckeyes' top tight end and third-leading receiver in 2013 had undergone foot surgery Monday and would miss the remainder of the team's spring camp. The good news is that Meyer described the injury as a "midfoot sprain," per the Columbus Dispatch, and one that would not rob Heuerman of any significant time.

“It's six weeks in a cast [and a] boot, and we should have him ready to go full-speed in June,” Meyer said.

For his part Heuerman texted to the Dispatch that he would "be back in no time."

Buckeyes supporters will certainly hope so; for all of the Buckeyes' incredible success in the running game (where they led the nation in yards-per-carry at an eye-popping 6.8 an attempt), they were merely "very good" in the passing game, where they finished 35th in the FBS in yards-per-attempt and struggled mightily against Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game loss that handed Meyer his first defeat.

With top receiver Corey Brown and his 771 yards departed, Heuerman stands to become a major player in the Buckeyes' aerial attack in his senior season -- and with Carlos Hyde also departed, that attack may be more heavily relied upon in 2014 than 2013. If the Buckeyes want the national championship shot that eluded them last season, it's possible to argue that Heuerman's injury had better be as minor as described.

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