Ryan Day 'very disappointed' following Marcus Hooker's arrest
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day says he was disappointed to learn of Marcus Hooker’s latest arrest, which occurred over the weekend. The safety was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, the second time he’s been charged with a similar offense.
Per the report from Cleveland.com, Hooker was arrested over the weekend and he is scheduled to be arraigned at Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday, March 19. That’s the same day Ohio State is planning to begin spring practice.
“We’re very disappointed,” Day said, per Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch. “He is suspended right now indefinitely. We’re going to let the process play out.”
Ryan Day on Marcus Hooker getting a second OVI charge: "We're very disappointed. … He is suspended. ..We're going to let the process play out."
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) March 17, 2021
Hooker’s first offense came in the summer of 2018 when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, purchase of alcohol by a minor, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and having no rear lights. That arrest came before his freshman season and he was suspended for the team’s season opener against Oregon State.
Hooker started the 2020 season as Ohio State’s starting safety but Josh Proctor eventually won the job later in the season. He totaled 15 tackles, 2 pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and an interception while playing in 7 games for the Buckeyes. OSU finished the year 7-1.
In three years with the Buckeyes, Hooker has played in 23 career games and has made 23 tackles with 3 pass break-ups.