‘Tis the season for discipline! Shortly after the Associated Press ranked the Scarlet and Gray Brigade no. 2 in their preseason poll on Saturday, Urban Meyer had some more suspending to do.The Buckeyes will be without two key players to start the season after the suspensions of CB Bradley Roby and RB Rod Smith.
The Roby suspension has been looming for weeks, and finally came to fruition after his arrest in July on misdemeanor charges of assault in a Bloomington, Ind. bar. The prosecutor has offered Roby an out that could result in the dismissal of the charge. Even if the charge is dismissed, Meyer says Roby will still sit out, at least one game.
“I don’t think it’s done yet,” Meyer said. “He’ll be suspended one game just because there’s an issue. I’ll make a further determination…I don’t think it’s done.”
Coach was a bit more optimistic when asked about Smith’s future with the team.
“He’ll be a valuable member of this team once he gets back, but he’s practicing at a very, very high level,” Meyer said. “It’s his last call. It’s the 11th hour for Rod Smith so he needs to perform.”
Smith was suspended for the Buffalo opener because of a “violation of team rules” that occurred last winter. You may also remember Smith drawing negative attention to himself by missing the team flight to the 2011 Gator Bowl when he was a freshman. The junior running back was in line to start for also suspended RB Carlos Hyde, but now gets to watch in sweats on the sideline.
The count is now at three starters who will be on the sidelines of Ohio Stadium to start the 2013 campaign. Not many, if any, teams have had to put up with an off-season chalk-full of issues like the Buckeyes. One now must ask the question…are the Buckeyes physically and mentally ready to take the field to defend their 2012 undefeated season? Stay tuned later this week for a full 2013 season preview!