On the very same day that Ohio State found itself ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll, the football program released a statement indicating that it will be without four players for the team’s season opener against Virginia Tech in early September.
“Four individuals from the Ohio State University football team will miss the Buckeyes’ first game of the season Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech, for violating Department of Athletics policy. The individuals involved are defensive end Joey Bosa, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior receiver Corey Smith and junior H-back Dontre Wilson.”
There is no indication what the violations were for, but this is a huge blow to the top-ranked Buckeyes as they look to repeat as national champions.
Bosa is the most important name on the list. He’s a member of All-American teams throughout the football world, and is considered one of the top defensive players in the nation. The 6-foot-5 defensive end recorded 13.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a sophomore last season. As it relates to Marshall and Wilson, they combined for over 1,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
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