While most of the Ohio State Buckeyes and their fans are basking in their National Championship win, former defensive end Noah Spence has decided to transfer to Eastern Kentucky. Spence was a star during his first two seasons as a Buckeye, but was initially suspended from the team prior to the 2014 Orange Bowl for violating a drug test for ecstasy.
After being suspended for the Bowl and first two games of the 2014, Spence was again found guilty of violating a drug test, and the Big Ten subsequently suspended Spence indefinitely
. Spence took the entire 2014 season off from football and considered transferring to several FCS schools before finally settling on the Colonels.
“It’s a great institution that has a wonderful family atmosphere, which he was used to from being at Ohio State,” Greg Spence said. “Coach [Dean] Hood and his coaching staff are wonderful gentlemen that take care of the student-athlete as a whole person, on the field and off. Something Noah really needed as a continuum from what Coach [Urban] Meyer has been doing.
“He’s extremely excited to play football again as well as grateful for another opportunity.”
In 2013, Spence recorded eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss while earning All-Big Ten First Team honors. That fantastic campaign had many NFL analysts viewing Spence as a potential mid-round pick, but Spence felt that another season in college would allow him to develop and mature. If Spence is able to prove to NFL executives that he can stay out of trouble off the field, his on-field talent could persuade teams that he’s an elite player worthy of a top round selection.
Eastern Kentucky finished the 2014 season with a 9-4 record, and the addition of Spence could catapult the Colonels to atop the Ohio Valley Conference.
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