The defending National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are no stranger to making adjustments after losing key players, but this one may be a tough one for head coach Urban Meyer.
The No.1 ranked Buckeyes announced suspensions for defensive star Joey Bosa, H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson and wide receiver Corey Smith today because of marijuana and academic violations.
Coach Urban Meyer released a statement on the suspensions: "I kind of knew about this for a little bit…The University and the athletic department has policies that I fully support. Whether it's a sprained ankle or stuff like a suspension, you try to create a culture and move forward. We lost Braxton Miller last season 10 days before our first game, we lost J.T. Barrett a week before the Big Ten championship game, and you just push forward. Get going, move forward."
Joey Bosa, as a sophomore, was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Many mock drafts have him listed as a potential 1st round draft pick if he decides to forgo his senior season.
Marshall had a breakout year on the way to the championship last season and became a focal point in Meyers spread offense. Wilson and Smith combined for 41 catches for 555 yards, both major weapons.
These are major losses for the opener on September 7th at Virginia Tech seeing as they were the only team to beat Ohio State last season.