As we continue our “Instant Impact” series, we take a look at a player who started his career as an Ohio State Buckeye on the wrong foot.
Marcus Baugh, the 6’4, 233 pound tight end out of North Carolina was arrested last month for underage consumption of alcohol and carrying a fake ID. Just as was the case with seniors Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort a year ago, Baugh was suspended for the first game of the season against the University of Buffalo and required to do court-ordered community service.
Well, it turns out that the community service didn’t stop at the court level. Baugh was seen, just days after his arrest, tending to the famed Buckeye Grove just behind Ohio Stadium. It would appear that this community service was not a product of anyone but Coach Urban Meyer and/or his staff.
While he’s off to a shaky start off the field, Baugh does have incredible potential once he steps on the turf.
A four-star recruit and the sixth ranked tight end in the 2013 class according to Rivals.com, Baugh has shown that he is as athletic as he is big. The problem is however, that there are much bigger and much more experienced tight ends ahead of him.
The two-headed monster at the tight end position comes in the form of 6’6, 250 pound junior Jeff Heuerman and 6’6, 255 pound sophomore Nick Vannett. Both have on-field experience for the Buckeyes- even with Jake Stoneburner seeing most of the action in their time in Columbus- and both are ready to step up to the plate and become that go-to player at the tight end position.
Meanwhile, a 6’5, 250 pound red-shirt freshman, Blake Thomas, has impressed in training camp at the position as well.
This all is not to say that Baugh can’t make an impact this season in some capacity, but don’t expect him to be making too many plays for the Buckeyes in 2013. Hopefully he has matured in his short time with Ohio State and is looking forward to making as instant an impact as possible this season.