Marcus Hooker suspended from Buckeyes after second OVI charge

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Marcus Hooker was cited for an OVI early Saturday morning. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Marcus Hooker has been suspended by the Ohio State football program due to an off-the-field violation.

Hooker was cited by the Columbus Police Department for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated early Saturday morning, his second off-field incident since signing with the Buckeyes three years ago. An Ohio State spokesperson has confirmed to Lettermen Row that Hooker has been suspended indefinitely by the team, and no timetable for his return has been announced.

Hooker will be arraigned by the Franklin County Prosecutors office on Friday, the same day the Buckeyes are scheduled to begin spring practice.

The arrest is Hooker’s second citation for driving while impaired. The fourth-year safety was arrested in 2018 and charged with a DUI in his home state of Pennsylvania before beginning his Ohio State career.

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Marcus Hooker was a starter for Ohio State last season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

The younger brother of former Ohio State standout and current NFL safety Malik Hooker, Marcus was a three-star recruit by 247sports.com and signed in the touted 2018 class with high expectations. He enrolled in classes with the Buckeyes in the summer of 2018 and has started multiple games in the Ohio State secondary throughout his career.

In 11 career games, Hooker has 23 total tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Hooker began the season as a starter in 2020 but failed to lock up the job, eventually being passed up on the depth chart.

He’s endured an up-and-down career since that rocky start, and what was shaping up to be a key spring for him will now open with him unavailable for practice and no definitive timeline for him to return to the Buckeyes.The length of Hooker’s suspension is unknown and no further details have been announced.

Ohio State is slated to begin spring practice Friday inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

This is a developing news story. Lettermen Row will have more details as they become available to the public.