2017 NFL Draft

Etienne Sabino, OLB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: North Miami Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 247 lbs.
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Latest News
03/16/2013 - 2013 Ohio State Pro Day: Etienne Sabino, LB (6-2, 244 pounds) - The linebacker could hear his name called at the NFL draft next month. He recorded a 34-inch vertical jump and 4.41 time in the short shuttle. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Etienne Sabino, Ohio State, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Ohio State football

10/16/2012 - LB Etienne Sabino has a broken fibula and had some hardware installed to speed up the healing process. He will likely miss at least three weeks, however. Through the first six games, the senior ranked third on the team with 37 tackles. Sabino will be replaced by true freshman Joshua Perry, who has two tackles in four games played. - College Injury Report

10/10/2012 - Ohio State's depth will be tested again in the coming weeks, with the announcement that starting linebacker Etienne Sabino will miss at least the next three games recovering from leg surgery. Urban Meyer confirmed on Monday that the senior linebacker broke his right fibula in the 63-38 win over Nebraska on Saturday, and surgery to repair the injury will likely keep Sabino off the field for the next month. "Tremendous blow," Meyer said on Monday. "He's a very good player, but it goes beyond that because he's like a brother to everybody on the team." Sabino is currently third on the team with 37 tackles and has recorded two sacks and an interception during the 6-0 start for the Buckeyes, No. 8 in the AP Poll. The fifth-year senior will be replaced by freshman Joshua Perry, one of eight true freshmen in the Buckeyes' two-deep. Ohio State's 2012 roster has only 76 scholarship players, nine short of the NCAA limit (85). "We are definitely feeling the issues of a scholarship reduction; absolutely we are," Meyer told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "Any time there is transition of a coaching staff, there is transition of players and we're feeling that in a big way. When we lost a couple of [defensive] linemen, that hurt us bad. It doesn't show up until someone gets a turf toe or someone has an issue. Then it really starts to surface, and we're at that point now." Sabino was an early scratch for the Buckeyes match-up on Saturday night at Indiana, but the announcement on Monday likely has him also out for Purdue (Oct. 20), Penn State (Oct. 27), and Illinois (Nov. 3). Ohio State then has a late off week before finishing the regular season on the road against Wisconsin and at home against Michigan. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

08/09/2012 - Top-five Ohio State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. OLB Etienne Sabino...He has an athletic frame and flies all over the field with excellent range and the chase skills to catch the ballcarrier from behind. Sabino doesn't break down information quick enough and is routinely forced to play a step behind, lacking a great feel in coverage. He won't miss many tackles, but needs to improve his angles and is too often caught off balance, lacking the lateral burst to quickly change directions. Sabino is an athletic blitzer and is at his best downhill, working hard to shed blocks with adequate strength and length. Despite a limited r??sum??, he is set to start at strongside linebacker in 2012 as a senior and has one last season to prove to scouts that he deserved the hype coming out of high school. Sabino is the type of player who lacks the instincts and consistency to start at the next level, but could be a late-round pick and core special teams player. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2012 - Top-five Ohio State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. OLB Etienne Sabino...Based off his performance as an underclassman, Sabino doesn't belong on this list. But with his raw athletic tools and upside, he will be a player that the NFL will value and keep under a microscope in 2012. Sabino arrived in Columbus as one of the highest recruits in the country, but with only five starts entering his senior season, his Buckeyes career has been mostly a disappointment. He was a five-star linebacker out of Miami and surprised many when he chose Ohio State over Southern Cal, Miami and Meyer's Gators. Sabino played in all 26 games as a freshman and sophomore, but mostly on special teams as he struggled to break into the starting lineup. He found himself on the bench again in 2010 so he took a healthy redshirt, giving him time to catch up mentally while saving a year of eligibility. Sabino played in every game last season as a junior (five starts), finishing fifth on the team with 62 tackles and 6?? tackles for loss. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Etienne Sabino, Ohio State, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Sabino, a family resource management major, is a fifth-year leader on the team who has played in 39 games and started five times. He was one of the team's Top 5 tacklers in 2011 with 62 stops and a personal best of eight tackles three times: vs. Toledo, Miami and Michigan. He also had 6.5 tackles for loss (for minus 27 yards), including quarterback sacks vs. Akron and Toledo, respectively, and he was named Ohio State's MVP in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. - Ohio State football


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