As spring football ended, Ohio State redshirt freshman tailback Erik Haw said he understood the responsibility he and sophomore Antonio Pittman had as the only returning scholarship tailbacks on the team.
"It is a sense of urgency that you have to get the job done," he said at that time. "You feel like you have the world on your shoulders. But we're running backs. That's what we have to do."
Haw apparently did not take that lesson to heart, though. According to a university release, he was cited by OSU police for possession of marijuana Wednesday evening.
OSU coach Jim Tressel issued the following statement today:
"I am disappointed to hear about the situation with Erik," said Tressel, who currently is attending Big Ten meetings in Chicago. "As soon as I get back to town and learn all the details, we will deal with it in an appropriate manner.
"Anytime one of our student-athletes does something that is inappropriate, it is very discouraging."
In accordance with the athletics department's substance abuse policy, Haw will be required to enter a management and education training program and will undergo frequent evaluation, monitoring and testing by the department's management team.
Haw had 86 yards and a touchdown in the spring-ending Scarlet and Gray Game April 23. He figured to battle Pittman for the starting job in fall camp.
OSU also has one incoming freshman, Maurice Wells, ticketed at the tailback spot.
Haw's arrest comes on the heels of kicker Jonathan Skeete's arrest last week for distribution of marijuana.
This marks at least the 16th incident involving 17 players that Ohio State football players have had with the law since Tressel was hired in January 2001.