According to multiple reports, Ohio State running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from Ohio State for an unspecified violation of team rules. The news was first reported by Patrick Maks and later confirmed by LanternTV. The Columbus Dispatch later expanded upon the initial reports with news that Smith's dismissal was related to a failed drug test.
Smith, a senior, had logged 24 carries for 101 yards and four touchdowns during the 2014 season and was used primarily as a short-yard and goal line running back. Over the course of his career as a Buckeye, Smith has carried the ball 107 times for 549 yards and eight total touchdowns.
This news comes seemingly out of nowhere and will certainly shake up the running back depth chart. Bri'onte Dunn could see an increased role, while true freshman Curtis Samuel will undoubtedly receive more carries over the course of the remaining games this season.
With 2014 being Smith's last year at Ohio State regardless, it's a shame he couldn't finish it out like I'm sure he and the coaching staff wanted to. Smith also played an important role as a part of the special teams unit and had appeared in the participation report for the Penn State game for his duties there.