Updated: December 29, 2013, 7:02 PM ET By Austin Ward | ESPN.com Ohio State’s top pass-rusher wasn’t on the flight with the team to the Discover Orange Bowl, but there is still a chance Noah Spence could play in the game as he deals with “personal issues.” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Sunday that the All-Big Ten defensive end was absent as the final preparations shifted south to Florida ahead of Friday’s matchup with No. 12 Clemson, but he didn’t provide any details about the sophomore’s situation or offer a definitive update on his availability this week. “Spence didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer told reporters after the team’s flight landed. “He’s working through some personal issues at home.” Meyer said he “hoped” Spence would be able to rejoin the No. 7 Buckeyes in time for the final game of the season, but he didn’t offer anything else about the star sophomore. Spence finished his breakout campaign with 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, leading a defensive line that had to be completely rebuilt before the season after losing all four starters from 2012.Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming.
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