Marcus No Longer With Buckeyes

Defensive end Jamal Marcus is no longer with the Ohio State football team, as confirmed by an OSU spokesman. The Durham, N.C., native missed the end of spring practice because of academic issues and did not take part in the spring game.

An Ohio State spokesman has confirmed that defensive end Jamal Marcus is no longer a member of the football program, citing a "mutual decision" as the reason.

The Durham, N.C., native played in 13 games as a sophomore in 2013 and made 21 tackles, including two sacks for 10 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes and forced one fumble. With Noah Spence out of the Orange Bowl due to a suspension, Marcus stepped in and finished with six tackles and one pass breakup.

That performance was expected to lift Marcus into an increased role this fall, especially with Spence forced to finish out his three-game suspension by missing games against Navy and Virginia Tech to start the season. However, he spent much of spring practice running with the second and third teams and didn't merit the praise from coaches that his potential suggested. He ended up missing the end of spring practice as well as the spring game because of academic issues.

Fellow North Carolina native Tyquan Lewis appears to be in line to fill in for Spence for the first two games of the season. After redshirting in 2013, Lewis made 4.5 tackles and two tackles for loss for the Gray squad in the spring game. Steve Miller could also challenge for increased playing time.

Marcus' parting leaves Ohio State with 82 scholarship players, the maximum the Buckeyes are allowed to have for the 2014 season. OSU had previously been at 82 by the end of spring practice, but the addition of Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay in late April put the program back over the limit.

The program also announced that of walk-on Brandon Ojikutu is no longer with the team but did not give a reason for his departure.

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