Cody Cousino / Photo editor
Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have been removed from their athletic scholarships-at least until the end of the summer.
In a statement released Friday night from Urban Meyer via an OSU department of athletics spokesperson, the two football players “will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met.”
“We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” the release said. “(Stoneburner and Mewhort) will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.”
The decision comes nearly two weeks after Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended June 3 after being arrested for obstructing justice.
According to a police report from the Shawnee Hills Police Department, police said they spotted Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third person, Austin Barnard, urinating on what appeared to be an early childhood education school called The Oxford School near the Bogey Inn in Dublin, Ohio. After shining a bright light, police said the three suspects ran away.
Police said they found Stoneburner and Barnard crouched between cars while Mewhort fled to a nearby wooded area before turning himself in after threatening to use a police dog.
Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be starters for the upcoming season.
In 2011, Stoneburner caught 14 passes for 193 yards and had seven touchdown catches. Stoneburner was recruited out of Dublin Coffman High School. He has caught 37 passes in his career at OSU.
Meyer listed Stoneburner after this year’s Spring Game on April 21 as one of his “top offensive playmakers.”
Mewhort was a highly recruited prospect out of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio.