Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer revealed Monday the reason tight end Marcus Baugh did not play Saturday when the Buckeyes beat Navy 34-17: He is serving a two-game suspension as a result of a second underage drinking incident since his arrival in Columbus.
A former four-star recruit who wowed reporters during spring practice for his ability to stretch the defense from the tight end position, Baugh was twice cited for underage drinking during his first year in Columbus. The first transgression (last summer) got him suspended for the first game of the 2013 season and the second (in January) cost him the chance to play against Navy and will cause him to miss the Buckeyes’ visit from Virginia Tech on Saturday night.
A 6-4, 252-pound product of Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North, Baugh is in line to be the No. 3 tight end this year for the Buckeyes, who have senior Jeff Heuerman and junior Nick Vannett in front of him but little depth behind him for this season or the immediate future.
One potential candidate is Sam Hubbard, a true freshman from Cincinnati Moeller who was a five-star linebacker prospect last year and the top-rated player in Ohio and the Buckeyes’ most recent recruiting class.
Hubbard spent part of the offseason training with the tight ends, but he began preseason practice with the linebackers. Meyer said it remained to be seen where he will end up.