Ohio State Linebacker Dallas Gant Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

By Kevin Harrish on September 22, 2021 at 11:35 am
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Another Buckeye is in the portal.

It looks like Ohio State will be losing one of its linebackers as fourth-year linebacker Dallas Gant has entered the NCAA transfer portal, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

Gant played 41 snaps in Ohio State's season opener, the third-most of any linebacker behind Teradja Mitchell and Tommy Eichenberg.

Since the season opener, Gant has fallen on the depth chart, playing just five snaps against Oregon and one snap against Tulsa over the next two weeks.

In his four seasons at Ohio State, Gant appeared in 25 games and recorded 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

After playing in just three games this year, Gant is eligible to take a redshirt for the 2021 season and will still have two seasons of eligibility remaining at his next destination after the NCAA granted all players an extra season of eligibility due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the 2020 season.

Going into this season, Gant had aspirations of earning Ohio State's starting Mike linebacker job after waiting his turn for the past three years behind the likes of Tuf Borland, Pete Werner, Baron Browning and Justin Hilliard.

“Now coming to this, my senior season, it's time to show what I've learned over the years from these guys,” Gant said in August.

It didn't work out that way, however, and Gant will now look to earn the opportunity to start somewhere else.

Fellow linebacker Cody Simon said Wednesday that he was sad Gant chose to transfer but that he wished Gant the best.

“He was a leader in our unit,” Simon said. “No love is lost. He's still a great guy. I hope he has a great future, and I hope he finds a good home for him ... It always sucks to see people go, but he's still a brother to me in every aspect.”

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