A non-football injury means A.J. Alexander‘s playing days are over, at least at Ohio State.
In June, it was confirmed that Alexander would miss the entire 2017 season because of an unspecified knee injury that needed surgery to repair. It was subsequently reported that the tight end suffered the injury playing basketball earlier in the month.
Tuesday, the Buckeyes announced that Alexander’s career at OSU is over because of the injury he sustained over the summer. The redshirt sophomore will be placed on a medical scholarship so he can continue his schooling.
A three-star 2015 signee, Alexander took a redshirt as a true freshman. As the backup to starter Marcus Baugh in 2016, Alexander caught four passes for 27 yards.
The first quarter was an exhibition of pure domination by the Michigan Wolverines. Then J.T. Barrett and Ohio State showed up to play in the second quarter. The Wolverines took a 14-0 lead on the Buckeyes early in the second quarter but Ohio State has forced a 14-14 tie at halftime.
Down 14-0 and mere moments after escaping a disaster with a sure interception being dropped by Michigan, Barrett got the Buckeyes on the board with a 21-yard touchdown run.
Michigan tied the game at 14-14 after getting Michigan’s defense to buy in on a handoff, allowing J.T. Barrett a chance to toss a ball over the middle to Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown.
Ohio State was held to negative offensive yardage in the first quarter by an inspired Michigan defense, but the Buckeyes reversed the roles in the second quarter by getting their offense in sync and moving. For a moment, Ohio State actually had more offensive yardage than Michigan until a botched play led to a loss of yardage as Barrett fell on a loose football.
John O’Korn got the start at quarterback for Michigan, and he has completed nine of 16 passes for 63 yards and a score. O’Korn became the focal point of a controversial replay that was ruled Michigan was just short of picking up a first down. Whether he did or did not make the first down was still fair to question as there was no camera angle that definitively offered a concrete verdict. Sound familiar?
Michigan fans were not pleased with this outcome.
We’ll see what happens in the second half. Ohio State is still heading to the Big Ten championship game regardless of the outcome in Michigan Stadium, but the Buckeyes must win in order to remain a blip on the playoff radar for another week.
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.
Redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann will now vie for the No. 2 job behind Baugh, who didn’t practice this spring because of shoulder surgery.