Ohio State starting defensive tackle Doug Worthington was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. According to the Web site for the OSU campus police, the 20-year-old Buckeye was arrested for OVI at 3:13 a.m. at the corner of Woody Hayes Drive and Cannon Drive.
After he was arrested, Worthington -- who will turn 21 on August 10 -- was transported to the OSU police department for processing and then released with a summons for court, according to the report.
A 6-7, 276-pound tackle who started 11 games for the Buckeyes in 2007, Worthington is listed as one of the team’s starting defensive tackles in the most recent depth chart.
Worthington met with OSU head coach Jim Tressel on Sunday evening but nothing final has been decided yet. Tressel is out of the office today, and a university spokesperson said there is no timetable for any actions moving forward.
The future for Worthington remains uncertain. He could have a hearing in front of a faculty and student panel, which could decide whether or not he is suspended from school. This marks the first time Worthington, a native of New York, has been in trouble with the law in Columbus. He likely faces at worst a demotion on the depth chart, where senior Nader Abdallah is listed as his primary backup.
He is the second Buckeye to run afoul of the law in the last month. Defensive back Eugene Clifford was arrested in early July for allegedly punching two people at a bar and has since transferred to Tennessee State.