CORVALLIS, Ore. -- An ESPN article detailing marijuana use across college football put the University of Oregon's football program under a microscope this week. According to that article, 40 to 60 percent of Duck football players use the illegal drug. But Thursday, the spotlight shifted to Oregon State.
A day after the article was released, Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton was asked if marijuana use was a problem at Oregon State.
"Really I think it is that high," said Crichton. "Nowadays, everybody is smoking weed. It's the thing to do nowadays I guess. I don't know what else to say."
Crichton said marijuana is used by athletes of all sports, and that he has seen other Beaver football players smoke marijuana. He also said he felt like marijuana negatively impacts athletic ability.
"When we do see people smoking weed and stuff, I do think everyone gets on them," said Crichton. "You can't say they are doing good because you've seen last season. It was just terrible. Whoever is witnessing this should tell them straight up."
On Thursday, defensive coordinator Mark Banker said there is no room for marijuana use on the Oregon State football team. Banker was filling in for head coach Mike Riley at practice as Riley attended to his ailing father in Canada.
"You know we'd like to think that guys are 100-percent across the board clean as they can be, but that would probably be a little naïve," said Banker. "We can only hope that people do the right thing."
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