Junior defensive end Jamal Marcus and junior wide receiver Brandon Ojikutu have been dismissed from the Ohio State football team for violation of team rules, sources told Eleven Warriors.
Marcus recorded six tackles in the Orange Bowl, where he was thrust into the starting lineup after Noah Spence’s suspension. For the season, Marcus had 21 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
He was expected to provide depth throughout the season, especially during Spence’s two-game suspension to begin the season. But Marcus was conspicuously quiet during the spring, taking reps with the second and third-team defense. The final two weeks were spent on the sidelines due to academic constraints.
Backups Steve Miller, Tyquan Lewis and Rashad Frazier all took reps ahead of Marcus at some point in the spring.
As a freshman, Marcus tallied eight tackles, mostly as a special teamer.
Ojikutu, a walk on from Cleveland, Ohio, joined the team in 2012.
Ohio State did not immediately respond to request for comment.