Ohio State dropped a ranked foe on the road in Minnesota today, 31-24, but Jalin Marshall, filling in for the fallen Dontre Wilson, had an up-and-down day.
Although Marshall finished with five receptions for 95 yards (including a 57 yard touchdown bolt) and 12 yards on one carry, the Middletown burner coughed up the magic diamond three times for two turnovers. One lost fumble occurred in what would've otherwise been an Ohio State touchdown. The other lost fumble occurred on a muffed punt (Marshall's second of the day).
Because the turnovers were undeniably a factor in the game — a game that Ohio State still won, mind you — "people" took to Twitter to shame a young man who puts his body on the line for the University (and our entertainment) on a weekly basis.
Trigger warning: Bad words and even worse #takes ahead.
@JalinMarshall Everyone hates u just go away!!!— Gavin Bushong (@theeneckbeard) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall Stop fielding punts inside the 10... You can have all the talent in world but if you can't think, you are worthless.— Judge Smails (@whatasissy) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall you're fucking trash— Bryan (@Bryan_Mattioli) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall pls pls pls kill urself— Gavin Bushong (@theeneckbeard) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall Nice job coughing up the ball three times (so far). Get your shit together.— Mark Pannell (@7son75) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall learn how to catch the football you fuckin idiot— Westin (@ChrisWestin) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall do you just not understand special teams? You fumble or cause a special teams blunder once a game.— John Kissick (@John_Kissick) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall fuckin garbage man hold on to the ball— Marc Posey (@posey_marc) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall Fumbles killed our playoff hopes...— Jamie Branchick (@JamieBranchick6) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall your a piece of garbage. All you have to do is make a fair catch to cover the spread an you muff it.— Jay Droney (@JD1V) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall trash— (@YiSPN) November 15, 2014
@JalinMarshall unbelievable, you deserve to be benched for the rest of the season how can you not even catch a ball. Hang up your boots lad.— sian hughes (@ilovemybabypit) November 15, 2014
There were some rays of light, however:
@JalinMarshall hang in there bud. Don't lose confidence. Buckeye Nation stands behind you!— Matt Mollison (@BuckMyNuts) November 15, 2014
Jalin Marshall is getting slandered in a game he dropped over 100 total yards and a touchdown. Urban has done nothing but rave about Jalin Marshall and his renewed efforts in practice this year.
I thought it was obvious, but mistakes are the mark of a young player, and anybody who doesn't see the potential in Jalin Marshall should take a deep breath.