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Noah Spence | Defensive Lineman

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 247

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Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence appeals to NFL scouts because he's "an athletic edge rusher with impressive speed and quickness," writes's Bucky Brooks.
"Spence shows terrific snap-count anticipation and first-step quickness, but is still unpolished as a rusher off the edge," Brooks wrote. "He is still learning how to sequence his moves, but his impressive athleticism has allowed him to post solid production with a limited arsenal of pitches. If he can add a wrinkle or two to his game in the fall, Spence could be one of the most intriguing prospects to watch down the road." Spence led the Buckeyes with 8.5 sacks in 2013 but missed the Orange Bowl against Clemson after testing positive for a small amount of ecstasy. May 31 - 4:02 PM

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Ohio State sophomore DE Noah Spence plans to sue the Big Ten over his drug suspension.

Noah's father Greg Spence delivered the news to a television station. Noah was suspended for three games -- including the Orange Bowl against Clemson -- after testing positive for a small amount of ecstasy. The NCAA deems ecstasy a recreational drug, but the Big Ten labels it a performance-enhancing drug. Because of that distinction, the conference slapped Spence with a one-year suspension that was later reduced to three games. The defensive end says he was slipped the drug without his knowledge at a party. Spence, who led the Buckeyes with 8.5 sacks in 2013, would be forced to sit out the first two games of 2014 if his appeal is not successful.
Jan 7 - 5:38 PM

Ohio State sophomore DE Noah Spence will miss the next three games of his career due to a suspension.

No details have emerged other than Spence broke a "Big Ten rule." He did not travel with the team for their bowl game against Clemson. "Spence’s parents, who 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," the school said in a statement.
Jan 1 - 12:31 PM

Ohio State sophomore DE Noah Spence (personal issues) is questionable to play in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Sunday that Spence wasn't on the team flight out of Ohio. "[Spence] didn't fly down with us," Meyer told reporters. "He's working through some personal issues at home." Meyer said he hoped the Buckeyes' leading pass rusher would be able to join the team in time for the game against Clemson. Spence recorded 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks this season.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 08:22:00 PM