Backup tight end A.J. Alexander will reportedly miss the entire 2017 season with a knee injury.
Ohio State tight end A.J. Alexander is reportedly out for the season after sustaining a knee injury playing basketball earlier this month, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Alexander has already undergone surgery to repair the knee.
Alexander, a 6-foot-2, 254-pound redshirt sophomore, was only a 3-star recruit coming out of high school, but managed to see playing time in every game last season for the Buckeyes. He recorded four catches for 27 yards during the season. This spring, Alexander mostly worked out with the first team.
Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann, both members of the 2016 recruiting class who redshirted last season, will likely battle for the backup spot. Marcus Baugh is the returning starter.
It is believed that under Kevin Wilson, the offense will utilize tight ends more this season, so losing a player with the experience of Alexander certainly hurts the Buckeyes depth-wise.