A.J. Alexander’s football career at Ohio State is over, the school announced today.
Alexander, a redshirt sophomore tight end from Virginia, suffered a knee injury during spring practice, underwent surgery and missed the 2017 season. He will be placed on medical scholarship.
In 2016, Alexander played in 13 games for Ohio State, catching four passes for 27 yards. Three of the catches came against Nebraska.
But the most notable play involving Alexander came in the 2016 Michigan game. On a fourth-down play in the second overtime, quarterback J.T. Barrett ran behind Alexander and bumped into the tight end’s backside as he lunged for a first down.
Officials ruled that Barrett got the first down, drawing the ire of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in his postgame press conference. Ohio State won the game on the next play when Curtis Samuel scored on a 14-yard run.
The Buckeyes lose senior starter Marcus Baugh after their Cotton Bowl matchup against Southern California on Dec. 29. A week ago, backup tight end Kierre Hawkins posted on social media that he would transfer to Youngstown State.
That leaves redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry and redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann as returning scholarship tight ends. Jeremy Ruckert, regarded by many recruiting analysts as the top tight end prospect in the country, is expected to sign with Ohio State during the early signing period starting Wednesday.