The 76-0 Ohio State victory over Florida A&M wasn't carefree after all, as freshman wide receiver James Clark injured his ankle in the blowout win and will likely miss the remainder of the season.
Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors broke the news:
Smith said James Clark suffered an ankle injury and is likely lost for the year. He was injured early in the second half against FAMU.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 23, 2013
On Thursday, Meyer broke the news that Clark will be to redshirt.
Meyer said WR James Clark will be able to take medical redshirt after breaking ankle last week.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 26, 2013
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Clark was likely playing in garbage minutes with the Buckeyes having such a commanding lead. With the injury taking place within the first month of the season, Clark will be eligible to receive a medical redshirt if he is unable to return to the field.
Clark was a 4-star recruit out of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He had offers from Clemson, Nebraska, Florida and Miami, among others. He was one of many talented recruits that made up one of the best 2013 recruiting classes in the country.
How will this impact Ohio State moving forward?
Will Ohio State miss James Clark this season?
While it's never good to see a promising player injured, Ohio State shouldn't miss a beat with this injury. Clark hasn't produced a single catch this season, and the Buckeyes offense is already firing on all cylinders. Whether it's quarterback Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton, the offense is averaging a scary 52 points per game.
The running game has drastically improved, as a quality stable of runners are averaging an impressive 6.7 yards per carry. The wide receiving corps has also stepped up in the first month of the season with Devin Smith and Corey Brown combining for 32 receptions and seven touchdowns.
Clark is a talented player and a key piece to the Buckeyes future, but he wasn't going to have a real impact this season with all of the offensive depth already in place.
Hopefully, Clark bounces back quickly and is ready for a productive year next season.