Najee Murray Granted Release from Ohio State

By Kyle Rowland on August 22, 2013 at 9:51p

Ohio State sophomore defensive back Najee Murray has been granted his release from the football program, sources told Eleven Warriors. An Ohio State spokesman confirmed the report.

Murray had been suspended for a “training camp issue,” according to head coach Urban Meyer. Sources indicated Murray's departure was a mutual decision. 

Eleven Warriors reported in early August that Murray was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

Murray, an OSU Scholar-Athlete, was expected to be a contributor on special teams and in the secondary during the 2013 season. He played in six games last season, mostly on special teams, until a torn ACL in practice ended his year. Murray accounted for three solo tackles.

He entered Ohio State as an All-State player and earned co-defensive player of the year honors as a senior at Steubenville High School. Murray was one of 12 players to commit during Luke Fickell’s head-coaching tenure and becomes the third of those dozen players to leave Ohio State, joining wide receiver Riquan Southward and linebacker Luke Roberts, both of whom transferred.

Murray’s absence does not shakeup the starting lineup, but it puts a dent into the Buckeyes’ depth. Redshirt junior Bradley Roby is suspended for the season opener versus Buffalo. Armani Reeves has been named as the Week 1 starter. Behind Roby are mostly sophomores and freshmen.

Murray will decide between a handful of Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 schools for his next destination, a source said.


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Rapping Bum's picture

Where did Ricquan Southward end up?
Best of luck to Najee.

Help is on the way.

Statutoryglory's picture

Seems to be a bit of a mystery.

216ToThe614's picture

This is sad to hear. Was really looking forward to seeing him play

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

urbanwarfare's picture

I hate to see anyone go but I still like our depth at db

BuckeyePride's picture

Sorry to see him go. I wish him the best!

How Firm Thy Friendship....

toad1204's picture

I trust in Urban and all but it's getting to feel as though the team is bleeding players. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

If the players aren't the right fit, better for everyone to go their separate ways.

SnooBucki's picture

Never a dull moment these days!

InHartWeTrust's picture

Sucks to see him go, but if there were issues, and the decision was mutual for both is what it is.  We will get someone to fill his spot, and I wish him the best.

gravey's picture

Good Luck Najee!  Buckeye Nation hopes you land on your feet and do well.

WoodyTresselUrban's picture

This would be a huge loss most years due to Naj's athleticism; the only saving grace is that this means one more spot in this year's loaded recruiting class is available.

GeneStarwind's picture

Aaaand another one takes his leave, man, lots of people coming and going. We down to 76 scholarship players now.

cinserious's picture

Aaaand we'll need those 6 schollies to get the guys we really want in the 2014 class. Studs like Lattimore, McMillan, Mavety, Prince, Holley, E. Smith.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Per Bucknuts, it will open a scholarship for the 2014 class.  Not premium info BTW.

"The departure of Murray opens up yet another scholarship for OSU’s 2014 recruiting class. The Buckeyes currently have 17 verbal commitments and are ranked No. 2 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings (aka the 247Composite). Most believe Ohio State will end up with between 22-24 in the class."

I'm still going with 25 in this class.  This 2014 class will possibly be better than 2013...and that should be down right scary to the rest of tB1G.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

USMC11917's picture

Eventually this stuff will make the media and they will put a twist on it to generate hits and fortify their propaganda; Ohio State the scourge of college football.

pcuzz1's picture

Just to clarify, this opens up a scholly for this year? Or we could bank it for next yr, correct?

pat cozzens

RedStorm45's picture

Well, don't think they're going to find anyone to add for 2013...

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

Preferred walk ons possibly?

Adam21's picture

Correct. This scholarship will more than likely go to a senior walk-on. Then, the scholarship will be used again for 2014.

pcuzz1's picture

Never thought of that, makes perfect sense though. Thanks for the input!

pat cozzens

pcuzz1's picture

Forgot to add as well. Wish najee nothing but the best!!

pat cozzens

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

This offseason has been a drag. Thank goodness football resumes soon.

Baroclinicity's picture

Good luck Najee.  Lots of turnover...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

zbd's picture

Hopefully, he will get his education somewhere and learn from his mistakes. Always a handful of players who can't follow the rules and need to move on. 

Vabuck213's picture

I agree with TOAD in that there is a lot of turnover, more so than the tressesl era. I guess I'm just not used to kids wanting to transfer FROM OSU, usually it's TO OSU. As a fan I just don't understand how anybody could leave the program I love so much but regardless I wish the best to him in his future endeavors.

Spider1944's picture

VABUCK, I am starting to think it is by design. As long as it is mutual. I don't fault a young man leaving because he wants to play. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

InHartWeTrust's picture

Tress often played based on tenure, Urban plays based on who it getting the job done.  I think we will see much higher attrition going forward (during the Urban era), as he is honest with the players' standing on the depth chart.  The overwhelming saving grace is Urban's ability to reload with top recruits.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Well since i am up and got called into work, Good Luck Najee!  And only 8 more days until the Buckeyes take the Field!!!!!

Michigan Sucks!

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Have to back up the head coach's decision. Hopefully this young man gets his act together and learns from his mistake(s).

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

FROMTHE18's picture

Louisville Bound

buckskin's picture

Too bad, was really looking forward to this man on the field, healthy for a full season.  As others have noted, there seems to be quite a bit of player turnover.  Hopefully it is something as simple as a playing time issue.

Spider1944's picture

I hate to see anyone go. Whether it is a medical or for greener pastures, you know their is major disappointment. This is Win Win...Win for all parties including the walk-on who is rewarded with a Ohio State football scholarship. Thanks for the info. That helps to put a smiley face on it. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Best of luck to Najee.  Always sad news when a player leaves.  I'll still be rooting for him to do well wherever he may end up. 
Go Bucks!

DaytonBuckeye4life's picture

Best of luck to him it's sad to see a buckeye leave and go somewhere else to play.

lvccacamcrca's picture

Best of lick to the young man.....hate to lose anyone especially a scholar athlete

Maestro's picture

So, do we know if there actually was a violation of team rules or not?

vacuuming sucks

buck-I.8's picture

There was an incident that we don't need to rehash here, but team rules were violated and that was the reason for his suspension.

pjtobin's picture

Why can't these young men follow the rules? They are playing for Thee Ohio State. Shouldn't that mean perfection to them? Don't get me wrong. I feel bad for them. I'm sure it was a mistake. I just don't get it. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

moopdawg's picture

Good luck, Najee.   Go Bucks.