Sep 14, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) reacts after sacking California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Bears 52-34. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Noah Spence not with team for Orange Bowl, dealing with 'personal issues'

The Ohio State Buckeyes could potentially be without one of their key players on the defensive side of the ball as defensive end Noah Spence did not fly down to Miami with the team while he deals with what head coach Urban Meyer called “personal issues.”

“[Spence] didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer told reporters after the team’s flight landed. “He’s working through some personal issues at home.”

Other than saying the he was dealing with the issues, Meyer didn’t elaborate on anything further.

Spence, one of the first top recruits of the Urban Meyer era in Columbus, had a breakout year in his sophomore season, recording 14.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks as the Buckeyes rode their way to a 12-1 record, their only loss coming to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Ohio State will take on the 10-2 Clemson Tigers on Friday night in the Discover Orange Bowl, their first BCS appearance since the Terrelle Pryor tattoo scandal hit the school, which also kept the Buckeyes out of a potential title game appearance last season when they finished undefeated.

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