FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended for three games for violating an undisclosed Big Ten rule.
Spence did not accompany No. 7 Ohio State on its trip to the Orange Bowl, with the team citing “a personal issue.” The Buckeyes (12-1) play No. 12 Clemson (10-2) on Friday night, and as recently as Monday the team said there was some hope that Spence — an All-Big Ten player this season — would be able to join the team for the game.
Spence also will sit out the first two games of the 2014 season, the team said.
Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks this season. He also had 14½ tackles for loss, second-most on the team, and had 52 tackles.
Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said Jamal Marcus and Steve Miller are among the top candidates to take Spence’s spot against the Tigers.