Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Ohio State All-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence did not join the team’s flight to the Discover Orange Bowl because of “personal issues”.
According to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Spence could still play in the No. 7 Buckeyes’ final game of the season against No. 12 Clemson Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
“Spence didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer told reporters after the team’s flight landed in Miami. “He’s working through some personal issues at home.”
Meyer added that he is hoping that Spence would be able to rejoin the Buckeyes in time for their final game of the season.
Spence finished his breakout campaign with 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, leading a defensive line that had to be completely rebuilt before the season after losing all four starters from 2012.
Ohio State could also be without starting cornerback Bradley Roby (knee) and starting linebacker Curtis Grant (back, ankle) as they continue to rehab injuries.
Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he was uncertain whether Roby and Grant would play but he did confirm that true freshman Vonn Bell will make his first career start at nickel cornerback while Tyvis Powell will shift over to start at safety.
If Roby can’t play, Armani Reeves would get the start.