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OSU's Booker making his way back from knee injury

08/11/2017, 1:26pm EDT

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from behind the line of scrimmage during their spring football game in Columbus. ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — Because of a knee injury in the first game of the season, Dante Booker's anticipated breakout never quite materialized.

Booker, a former Mr. Football while at Akron St. Vincent-St Mary, started Ohio State's first game against Bowling Green in 2016, but suffered an MCL injury 12 plays into the game. Jerome Baker thrived in Booker's absence, which lasted the rest of season.

Booker, who was granted a medical redshirt, is slated to start once again at outside linebacker — and the Buckeyes have been encouraged by the former five-star recruit's return from injury.

“I think Dante is taking strides every day. We’re very excited about him,” linebackers coach Bill Davis told reporters. “He’s got the explosiveness, the twitch, the speed, the power, all that stuff. But you have to get it done on the field. That’s the challenge now.

“There’s potential and there’s getting it done. I love the way Dante is going right now.”

Contact Nicholas Piotrowicz at, 419-724-6110 or on Twitter @NickPiotrowicz

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