According to Dave Biddle of Bucknuts.com, Ohio State redshirt freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall is out for the rest of the spring after suffering a torn meniscus in practice yesterday. Fortunately he will only be out of action for 4-6 weeks according to the report, so he'll be able to participate in summer workouts and fall camp.
Losing Marshall is tough because he had a great opportunity to showcase his skills and grow into Ohio State's offense this spring. He'll have to wait until fall camp to showcase his skill set in front of the Buckeye coaching staff.
Provided he performs well in fall camp, he should play a relatively big role in the offense next season due to departures of Corey "Philly" Brown and Chris Fields. Ohio State returns two starters at the position, but senior Devin Smith is likely the only guy we can safely place into the starting lineup as things currently stand.
A high school quarterback for the Middletown Middies, Marshall made the switch to wide receiver when he arrived in Columbus last summer. Many thought he would play a role in the offense last year, but he ended up redshirting. He could also be used as an h-back in Ohio State's spread offense.
This isn't the first notable injury to occur this spring as sophomore Vonn Bell is also out for the spring with an MCL injury, though he will be ready for fall camp as well.
Star quarterback Braxton Miller is also limited this spring as he had shoulder surgery just a couple of weeks before practice kicked off.
In addition to Marshall, Mike Thomas, Johnnie Dixon, Jeff Greene, Evan Spencer, Corey Smith, Curtis Samuel, James Clark, and others will be battling for playing time at wide receiver this year.
We will have more if any more news regarding Marshall's knee injury emerges.