While it may have ultimately been the case anyway, Ohio State will now definitely have a new backup tight end for the upcoming season.
A team spokesperson confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that A.J. Alexander will be sidelined for the entire 2017 season due to an unspecified knee injury. The Cleveland Plain Dealer subsequently confirmed the initial report, adding that Alexander has already undergone surgery to repair the damage.
Alexander sustained the injury playing basketball earlier this month.
A three-star 2015 signee, Alexander took a redshirt as a true freshman. As the backup to starter Marcus Baugh last season, Alexander caught four passes for 27 yards.