Good to go

NFL rules say he's too young, but freshman RB Maurice Clarett is ready

Updated: March 22, 2013, 11:30 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Sept. 16, 2002, issue. Subscribe today!

SO WE'RE sitting in a film room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Ohio State's team meeting starts in about an hour, and Maurice Clarett, only four months removed from his high school graduation ceremony, leans back in a black swivel chair and pops chocolate-covered almonds into his mouth. He loves candy. Says it keeps his sugar level up. And I say to him: "No true freshman has ever won ...

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