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Two Buckeyes arrested, including No. 3 rated TE Stoneburner

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
Urban Meyer struggled with players getting into trouble off the field during his tenure at the University of Florida.

Before he's coached his first game for the Ohio State Buckeyes, he'll have to deal with news that two of his athletes, including starting tight end Jake Stoneburner, have made similarly poor decisions that have led to their arrests.

According to multiple reports, Stoneburner, a redshirt senior, and junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business in the early morning hours Saturday.

Doug Lesmerises of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer cites two television stations (Channel 4, 10 of Columbus, Ohio) as reporting that both athletes were arrested after being caught urinating outside of a restaurant at approximately 2:30 am. The players, according to the reports, initially ran and hid when spotted.

Despite catching just 14 passes a season ago, Stoneburner is expected to be one of the Buckeyes' primary pass-catchers in 2012. As an indication of his importance to Ohio State's passing attack, half of Stoneburner's catches a year ago went for touchdowns, which led the team. For his efforts Stoneburner was voted to the honorable mention All Big Ten team by league coaches. The 6-5, 245 pounder is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 senior tight end prospect for the 2013 NFL draft.

Mewhort split the 2011 season starting all 13 games at left and right guard and was listed atop the Buckeyes' May 18 depth chart at left tackle as the team prepares to fill the big shoes left by Mike Adams, who was the Pittsburgh Steelers' second round choice of the 2012 draft. The 6-6, 305 Mewhort is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 rated guard for 2014.

Ohio State has not yet made an official announcement regarding the situation.

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