Roby, Smith to sit out at least Ohio State opener
Hours after it was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll by The
Associated Press, Ohio State suspended two more of its top
Coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that cornerback Bradley Roby and
running back Rod Smith will sit out the Aug. 31 opener against
That now makes three starters, including leading scorer Carlos
Hyde, who have been disciplined this summer and will miss at least
the first game at Ohio Stadium.
Roby was punished because of his arrest in July on misdemeanor
charges of assaulting a bar bouncer in Bloomington, Ind.
”I don’t think it’s done yet,” Meyer said of the case against
Roby. ”He’ll be suspended one game just because there’s an issue.
I’ll make a further determination once . I don’t think it’s
The prosecutor has offered Roby the chance to enter a pretrial
diversion program that could result in the charge being dismissed.
Meyer said even if the charge is dismissed, Roby will sit out – and
could face further punishment from the team.
”He was there and he shouldn’t have been there. It won’t
change,” he said. ”Will he play the first game? No.”
Roby has been working out with the second team, not the
starters, even though he is one of the top cornerbacks in the Big
Ten. He considered entering the NFL draft after his redshirt
sophomore season last year.
Smith, a senior, was suspended for the Buffalo game because of
an undisclosed violation of team rules last winter.
”He’s doing very good. 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.”
Meyer said Smith was in line to start the opener after Hyde was
suspended for the first three games after an alleged assault
against a woman in which he did not face charges.
”I feel like they made bad decisions and coach had to do what
he had to do,” linebacker Ryan Shazier said. ”We’ll be missing
Bradley Roby, but we have a really good defensive back corps that’s
going to make up for who we’re going to miss.”
Added defensive lineman Michael Bennett: ”I come in, bring my
lunch pail to work and whatever happens, happens.”
Meyer has been criticized for what some perceive as lax
discipline during his time as the coach at Florida. One of his best
players with the Gators, Aaron Hernandez, was arrested on murder
charges this summer.
Meyer was asked if the latest suspensions were meant to send a
”That’s our job. They’ve been told,” he said. ”There’s two
ways (to punish them): Take their (scholarship) money or take their
playing time. If it was early summer I’d take all their
scholarships, but it’s the end of summer so we’ll take their
playing time away.”