A former Ohio State offensive lineman is hoping for a shot at more playing time at a new football home. If the NCAA helps him out, he will be allowed to play right away this season.

Tommy Brown has decided to transfer to Akron, a transfer that brings him closer to home. Cleveland.com reports Brown has applied for a hardship waiver in order to be able to play right away this fall, rather than sit out the entire fall under standard NCAA transfer rules. Whether the NCAA approves the waiver remains to be seen.