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Ohio State Backup QB Given Release

November 23, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State backup quarterback Austin Moherman has been granted his release from his scholarship and will transfer to another school, coach John Cooper said Monday.

Moherman started the first two games of the season but saw little action after being replaced by fellow sophomore Steve Bellisari.

``We granted him a release and I wish him well,″ Cooper said of Moherman. ``If you work as hard as he worked, you should play. He’d be a good football player somewhere.″

Moherman confirmed his decision to leave to television station WBNS, but he did not say where he would transfer to.

``I want to play. It’s not going to happen here, so I want to go somewhere and play college football,″ he said. ``I don’t consider playing four minutes in a mop-up situation playing.″

Moherman started the season-opening loss to Miami, but was ineffective in the following game against UCLA. He was pulled in favor of the more mobile Bellisari, who directed a 42-20 come-from-behind victory.

Bellisari started Ohio State’s final 10 games despite his propensity for turnovers and the offense’s inability to move the ball _ or score.

Moherman barely left the sidelines after losing the starting job and had expressed frustration with his limited role.

The Buckeyes finished 6-6 and failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in 11 years.

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