Wide Receiver James Clark Will Not Play Fifth Season at Ohio State in 2017

By Eric Seger on March 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm
Wide receiver James Clark will not play a fifth year at Ohio State according to Urban Meyer.

Ohio State announced Monday that wide receiver James Clark elected to graduate in finance this spring and will not return to the football team this fall.

Set to be a fifth-year senior, Clark hardly made much of impact, at least statistically, despite playing considerable snaps the last two seasons. He finishes his Ohio State career with just six catches for 47 yards while appearing in 31 games.

A four-star recruit and member of Ohio State's star-studded 2013 recruiting class from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Clark redshirted his first year on campus after he broke his ankle in the second half of Ohio State's 76-0 victory over Florida A&M. Clark recovered and even ran track last spring for the Buckeyes, which he will do again this spring before transferring to an unknown destination.

The news leaves Ohio State without a senior scholarship wide receiver on its roster. He joins Corey Smith, Noah Brown, Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel as pass catchers from 2016 that are now elsewhere.

With the attrition, Ohio State moved from 89 rostered players to 88. With offensive lineman Tyler Gerald leaving the team as well, Ohio State stands at 87 rostered players, still two above the NCAA limit.

Ohio State has until the first day of fall camp to make up the difference.

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