After staying relatively clear of legal trouble for the past three years, the Ohio State
football team now has had two players arrested in a span of 22 days.
Starting defensive tackle Doug Worthington faces a drunken-driving charge after he was arrested
early Saturday morning on campus. Worthington, 20, was pulled over by OSU police at 3:13 a.m. near
the intersection of Woody Hayes Drive and Cannon Drive -- practically right in front of Ohio
He was going 41 mph in a 25 mph zone, police reports show. His exact blood-alcohol level wasn't
listed, but by definition of the charge, it must have been between 0.08 and 0.17.
Coach Jim Tressel did not return a message. The Buckeyes held an unrelated team meeting Sunday
night, but it is not known whether Tressel and Worthington spoke about the arrest.
The incident follows closely on the heels of reserve defensive back Eugene Clifford being
charged with misdemeanor assault after being involved in a July 4 fight at a Cincinnati sports
Clifford recently was released from his OSU scholarship and is expected to transfer to
In May 2005, the Buckeyes had three players arrested or charged with crimes in a 10-day span.
That prompted a summit of sorts, at which it was announced the athletic department was beefing up
its drug and alcohol testing.
Between then and July 4, two OSU players were arrested.
Last week at the Big Ten preseason meetings, Tressel spoke of the need to keep talking to
players about past transgressions.
"We talk all the time about reminders and history lessons, and we can't assume that these guys
now know about an off-the-field problem a guy had five years ago," Tressel said. "So we have to
bring up history lessons about tough lessons we've learned."
Worthington's charge is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a
He has no known previous offenses. Under athletic department policy, a first drug- or
alcohol-related offense results in increased testing and mandatory counseling. A second offense
carries a two-game suspension.
Any loss of playing time for Worthington would be significant. A fourth-year junior, he played
in all 13 games last season, starting 12, and had 24 tackles, a sack and an interception.
By spring ball, he had added about 10 pounds to his 6-foot-7 frame and hoped to play at 285 or
290 this fall.
The Buckeyes are looking for more production out of their defensive tackles this season. Last
year, the four players who shared most of the playing time at tackle combined for five sacks.