The hits keep on coming for an already fragile Ohio State defense. Just mere hours after learning that All-Big Ten defensive end (and team sack leader) Noah Spence would be suspended for the Orange Bowl and the first two games of the 2014 football season, Urban Meyer told the media gathered in the Miami, Florida area that he doesn't expect top corner Bradley Roby to play in Friday's Orange Bowl due to an injured knee.
In a season in which the Buckeye secondary was anything but reliable, Roby (who had his fair share of inconsistencies and struggles himself) was arguably the most talented Buckeye defender. The redshirt junior is not expected to return to school next season and is widely believed to be making himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. That would mean that December's 2013 Big Ten Championship Game could wind up being Roby's final game at Ohio State.
With Roby likely out of the picture (as was the case in Ohio State's season opener when Roby was suspended due to an incident at a Bloomington, Indiana bar during the offseason), Doran Grant will move up into OSU's #1 cornerback spot on the depth chart. Sophomore Armani Reeves, who started when Roby was injured, would move up into the #2 spot with true freshman Cam Burrows elevated into the #3 role.