Ohio State football: After injuries, two players leave team
Ohio State announced yesterday that sophomore linebacker Conner Crowell and freshman offensive lineman Joey O’Connor are leaving the football program.
Crowell, from Waldorf, Md., had a serious ankle injury in high school, and two surgeries while at Ohio State have not sufficiently corrected the problem. He played in three games in 2012 and was credited with one tackle.
O’Connor redshirted last year after suffering a left knee injury that required microfracture surgery. He intends to play again but wants to be closer to his Colorado home.
O’Connor originally committed to Penn State but switched to Ohio State after the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal broke. He was a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, the third highest behind defensive linemen Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington in the Buckeyes’ 2012 recruiting class.
With Ohio State looking to add to its 22-member 2013 recruiting class, the departures open room for additional recruits. Prospects can sign letters of intent on Feb. 6.