Ex-Buckeye charged with drug trafficking, firearm misuse

Published 1:16 am Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Former Ohio State starting offensive lineman T.J. Downing has been charged with drug trafficking, felony drug abuse and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Franklin County Municipal Court records show that the 24-year-old Downing was arrested in the Columbus suburb of Grandview Heights on Sunday.

A native of Canton, Downing lettered three years for the Buckeyes, from 2004 through the 2006 season that ended with a lopsided loss to Florida in the national championship game.

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Downing was not drafted but signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in April 2007. He was cut before the season began.