Ohio State's quarterback depth took a shot without the Buckeyes even playing a game that counted.
Stephen Collier suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is out for the 2016 football season, sources told Eleven Warriors. He had surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.
An Ohio State spokesman confirmed Collier's surgery Wednesday, and said the quarterback is "most likely" out for the season.
Collier is believed to have injured the knee during the Spring Game April 16, where he completed 4-of-11 passes for 154 yards for the Scarlet team. He completed a 55-yard bomb to receiver Parris Campbell down the sideline late in the game, which the Gray won 28-17. Collier also rushed four times for eight yards in the contest and impressed observers with the development in his game from the 2015 Spring Game.
The redshirt sophomore from Leesburg, Georgia, battled redshirt freshman Joe Burrow for the right to back up J.T. Barrett this spring. Four-star prospect Dwayne Haskins Jr., who signed with Ohio State in February, is set to enroll in June.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Collier, who appeared late in Ohio State's 38-0 victory against Hawai'i Sept. 12, was a 3-star prospect and Elite 11 finalist out of Lee County High School. He was one of seven players from the Buckeyes’ highly-regarded 2014 recruiting class to enroll early in Columbus.
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. It means the world. @jjones_74 told me God doesn't make mistakes and that's the truth.— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) May 4, 2016
Again, thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. God has a plan.— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) May 4, 2016
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