Jeff Garcia may be handing off to Maurice Clarett this season.
Clarett, the former Ohio State star and Denver Broncos draft bust who was recently released after three and a half years in prison, filed a motion with a judge asking to be allowed to leave Ohio for a tryout with the Omaha Nighthawks. The Nighthawks recently announced that Garcia will be their quarterback this season.
Clarett’s attorney, Michael Hoague, said Clarett is taking classes and working out at Ohio State and would like another chance at football.
“Since he re-enrolled in summer-quarter classes at Ohio State, he’s been going to school and also working out each morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center,” Hoague said. “He looks really good.”
The 26-year-old Clarett was one of the best high school players in the country in 2001 and ran for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading Ohio State to the national championship as a true freshman in 2002. He hasn’t played in a game since scoring the winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.