Ohio State running back Marcus Crowley medically retires from football

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State running back Marcus Crowley has medically retired from football after suffering another "significant injury," coach Ryan Day said Friday.

He did not participate in spring practice and had previously suffered an injury in October that sidelined him for the final two months of last season.

Crowley will remain enrolled in school as he looks to complete his degree in communications. He’ll be a senior in the fall.

“He really wants to finish his degree and still be a part of the program,” Day said.

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Marcus Crowley (24) runs upfield during Ohio State's first football practice of fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.

Day did not divulge the specifics of the injuries that ended Crowley’s career.

Injuries followed him soon after he joined the Buckeyes as a four-star recruit from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

Crowley tore an anterior cruciate ligament as a freshman in late 2019, and his rehabilitation sidelined him for most of the following season. He didn’t record a carry until the loss to Alabama in the national championship game.

Prior to last season's setback, Crowley was fourth-string on the depth behind TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams and Master Teague. Over four games, he rushed for 103 yards on 20 carries.

Following his retirement, the Buckeyes are left with four available scholarship running backs for next season between Henderson and Williams, as well as Evan Pryor and Dallan Hayden, an incoming freshman from Memphis who enrolls this summer.

Walk-on Cayden Saunders also provides depth in the rotation. In the spring game, he rushed for 32 yards on 11 carries, which were the second-most on the team behind Williams.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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