Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive linemen Noah Spence (8) and Adolphus Washington (92) during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State’s Noah Spence dealing with ‘issues’ and uncertain for Orange Bowl


Noah Spence is the Ohio State buckeye’s top pass-rusher and a potential preseason All-American defensive end for the 2014 season, but the sophomore defensive end is uncertain to play in the Orange Bowl after missing the team’s flight and is dealing with “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.”

Meyer did not elaborate on what these personal issues may be or if he will be arriving before Friday’s meeting with the No. 12 Clemson Tigers and only said he “hoped” his breakout star on defense would be able to join his teammates.

Spence was a former five-star recruit out of (Harrisburg, Penn. Bishop Mcdevitt) and the No. 5 player in the class of 2012. He really came into his own in his second season in Columbus with 14.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks en route to being named All-Big Ten.

Jamal Marcus is listed below Spence on the Buckeye’s two-deep depth chart, but whoever fills in for Spence should he be unavailable will have big shoes to fill.

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