Backup defensive end Jamal Marcus will transfer from Ohio State, a high-level OSU source told The Dispatch this afternoon.

Marcus, a redshirt junior, had missed time during spring practice because of academic struggles, an issue that persisted. Contrary to an Internet report, Marcus was not dismissed from the team, the source said, terming it a mutual decision.

Marcus, a native of Durham, N.C., began his Ohio State career as a linebacker. After moving to defensive end, he saw limited action. He started for the Buckeyes in the 2014 Orange Bowl against Clemson after Noah Spence was suspended. Marcus was one of the few defensive standouts in the 40-35 loss.