The bad news from Saturday night’s game at Purdue just got a little worse for the Buckeyes.
An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to TheOzone that wide receiver Austin Mack had surgery on his left foot.
Mack will be ‘out indefinitely.’
He suffered the injury during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 49-20 loss to the Boilermakers.
Mack, a junior, already set a career-high with 26 receptions this season. That ranks him third on the team. His 331 yards are the fourth-most on the Buckeyes, and are just a dozen shy of his 2017 total.
His biggest game this season was an 84-yard performance against TCU, in a game where he also had several costly drops.
Mack seemed poised for a breakout season this fall. He had a highlight-reel catch in the Buckeyes’ go-ahead drive at Michigan in 2017.
It converted a 3rd-and-16 on the first drive after J.T. Barrett left the game with a knee injury, and turned the tide in what ended up a 31-20 Ohio State win.
This fall, Mack told reporters that he caught nearly 10,000 passes during the offseason to prepare for the upcoming year.
Right now, there is not an exact timetable for Mack’s return. Speaking on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, however, head coach Urban Meyer stated that Mack could return for the bowl game.
In his absence, junior Binjimen Victor will likely take over the starting role at the ‘X’ position. Sophomore Jaylen Harris is expected to be Victor’s top backup.