Spence Suspended, Faces Another Hurdle

According to Ohio State, defensive end Noah Spence faces further disciplinary action and will not return from a two-game suspension this weekend against Kent State.

According to a statement from Ohio State, defensive end Noah Spence is ineligible to play for the Buckeyes this weekend after a university and Big Ten rules violation.

OSU blog Eleven Warriors first reported Spence failed a drug test, and The Columbus Dispatch has since reported he faces a suspension.

According to a statement released by Ohio State, "Ohio State and the Spence family will continue to work with the Big Ten until there is final resolution to this matter."

Spence had been suspended from the first two games of the season after being given a three-game ban from the Big Ten Conference related to testing positive for a banned substance at the league title game. He served the first game of that suspension last year at the Orange Bowl.

Head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday the Buckeyes would try to figure out a way to work Spence into the rotation this week, and he was listed as the backup at one end spot to senior Steve Miller, who started each of the first two games, on this week's depth chart.

"He looks good," lineman Michael Bennett said Wednesday. "He hasn't lost a step. He's still fast, still plays with good technique."

A five-star prospect coming out of Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt, Spence moved into a starting role last year and was a first-team All-Big Ten choice after making 52 tackles, 14.5 TFL and eight sacks along with a forced fumble. He is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and was an Academic All-Big Ten choice last year.

Miller and senior Rashad Frazier have shared the duties at that defensive end spot so far with redshirt freshman Tyquan Lewis working in. Frazier has seven tackles and a fumble recovery while Miller has four stops and Lewis three.

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