January 1, 2014

Replacing Spence

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It's official. Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence will miss the Orange Bowl as part of a three-game suspension for violating Big Ten rules.

While what Spence did remains muddled, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that he used an "unapproved dietary supplement" and his parents, according to released statement from the school, "did not agree with the rule violation nor the penalty imposed, were assisted by the Ohio State Department of Athletics in exhausting the appeals process that was available to them with the Big Ten."

Surely, we'll learn more about Spence's predicament in the coming days and weeks. In a more immediate sense, though, the Buckeyes will have to find a way to replace their sacks leader before a bout with Clemson in the Orange Bowl Friday night. And against a Tigers offense that's averaging 40 points and 503 total yards, Spence will be missed.

The leading candidates to fill the void he leaves?

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