As Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby found out the hard way, the NCAA will go to extreme lengths to protect the safety of its players. The junior was ejected for targeting following his hit on tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ matchup against Iowa on Saturday. Another targeting ejection: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 19, 2013 Roby is just the latest victim of college football’s most controversial rule. In fact, he’s already the fourth player to be ejected today. Florida safety Cody Riggs, South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus and Georgia defensive end Ray Drew were also penalized for targeting earlier on Saturday. However, unlike the calls against Marcus and Drew—both which were pretty questionable—Roby’s hit was totally deserving of the penalty: As you can see, Roby lowers his head and launches himself towards Fiedorowicz. That is as clear as it gets when it comes to targeting. Not to mention, this was following a play where he injured Hawkeyes running back Damon Bullock on a helmet-to-helmet hit. NBC Sports Radio’s Jason Horowitz agreed with the call: #OhioState Bradley Roby ejected for targeting. Unlike some that have been called and overturned, this one looks like why rule implemented — Jason Horowitz (@HorowitzJason) October 19, 2013 But just because the crime fits, doesn’t necessarily mean we agree with the law in…
When Bradley Roby was arrested on charges of battery in July, it was unclear just how serious the issue was or how long he’d be forced to sit out. But almost everything that has happened since then has helped to vindicate him, culminating Wednesday with news that his charges have been dismissed. According to Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch: The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby for his part in an altercation at an Indiana bar was conditionally dismissed today. Roby was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of striking a security guard in the chest. That was based on eyewitness accounts. But video evidence seen by the second police officer on the scene and included in a supplemental report showed that Roby was pushed three times and only “lunged” at a security guard. The video in question helped reduce Roby’s charges from felony battery to a misdemeanor last
AP Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby may have had his battery charge reduced , but he’ll still miss some playing time in 2013. Just how much, though, is still technically to be determined. Urban Meyer said Saturday that Roby has been suspended for at least the season opener against Buffalo ? – perhaps longer depending on the outcome of his case . Roby, a junior, had started the previous 25 games for Ohio State.? Similarly, Meyer suspended running back Carlos Hyde for at least the first three games of the year ? last month even though Hyde won’t face any charges for his involvement in a night club incident earlier this summer. Speaking of running backs, ? Rod Smith will also miss the Buckeyes’ season opener because of an apparently disciplinary issue that took place back in February.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana prosecutor has offered Ohio State star cornerback Bradley Roby the opportunity to enter a pretrial diversion program that could result in a misdemeanor assault charge being dismissed. Roby was arrested this summer after an altercation outside a Bloomington bar. It was alleged that he made contact with an employee of the bar while being refused re-admittance after he had been taken outside in the wake of a fight. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller said Roby, a pivotal player in the Buckeyes’ hopes in 2013, has yet to indicate whether he will accept the offer. Miller said the deal is available to first-time, misdemeanor violators and would require the charge to be dismissed if Roby isn’t arrested in the next year. Ohio State football spokesman Jerry Emig said the team had no comment. Roby has been working…
As part of a handful of off-the-field incidents over the summer involving Ohio State players, Buckeyes cornerback? Bradley Roby? was arrested last month on a battery charge. The good news for Roby is that his charge has been reduced. Via the Columbus Dispatch , Roby had his? Class A misdemeanor battery charge lessened to a Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct . Roby, who has started? all 25 games the past two seasons for the Buckeyes, was allegedly involved in a scuffle last month at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. He has been practicing with the team, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer ? has kept the possibility open of a suspension while he gathers the facts of the incident. Late last month, Meyer suspended starting running back Carlos Hyde ? for at least the first three games of the season ? after Hyde allegedly struck a female victim in a night club. No charges were ever filed against Hyde, however.
Ohio State sophomore cornerback Najee Murray will not be kicked off the team after all. Instead, he will be suspended indefinitely to begin the upcoming season. Sources told Eleven Warriors during the weekend that Murray had been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. However, head coach Urban Meyer cleared up the report on Sunday by saying the defender will be suspended for “a training camp issue,” according to Eric Seger of The Lantern. Murray played in six games last season as a freshman, and most of that playing time came on special teams. He finished the season with three tackles and was expected to play a similar role this year with the Buckeyes looking to improve in that area. Last season, they ranked sixth in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage and fifth in punt return coverage. This off-the-field incident is another addition to an offseason that has brought a lot of negative attention to Ohio State. Recently, running back Carlos Hyde
Yesterday, a report surfaced that a? violation of unspecified team rules had resulted in the dismissal of Ohio State cornerback? Najee Murray . Well, not quite. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer clarified Sunday that Murray has been suspended, not dismissed, citing “ a training camp issue. “ As a true freshman and mainly on special teams, Murray played in the first six games of the 2012 season before going down with a torn ACL. He was expected to contribute similarly in 2013. (Hat tip: The Lantern)?
Damon Webb, cornerback from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI., is one of Ohio State’s marquee 2014 commitments. Webb is the No. 6 corner nationally, and he’s also the No. 3 recruit from the state of Michigan, both according to the 247Sports composite. Not only is he a major national talent, but Ohio State was able to recruit him from a major University of Michigan pipeline. Six players on Michigan’s current 2013 roster played high school football at Cass Tech. You don’t have to be a diehard Buckeyes fan to understand just how important his commitment is for Ohio State. The rivalry with Michigan goes deep, and it definitely extends onto the recruiting trail. So, not only is Webb a major talent, but he represents a huge “steal” of sorts for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. What else is he bringing to the table? We here at the Signed, Sealed, Delivered Blog have
Is it preseason All-America team season already? You bet it is. Phil Steele has issued his 2013 preseason All-America teams, and a total of 15 players from the Big Ten made the four squads. Let’s take a look: First team Michigan T Taylor Lewan Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier Ohio State CB Bradley Roby Second team Ohio State QB Braxton Miller Nebraska G Spencer Long Wisconsin LB Chris Borland Michigan State LB Max Bullough Third team Penn State WR Allen Robinson Wisconsin TE Jacob Pedersen Ohio State G Andrew Norwell Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard Indiana long snapper Matt Dooley Fourth team Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis Ohio State T Jack Mewhort Northwestern all-purpose player Venric Mark Some notes and thoughts: Lewan is an obvious choice for the first team, while Steele clearly sees the potential in Shazier and Roby after
Bradley Roby is a special player and the best cornerback in college football. He could have left early for last year’s NFL draft as a redshirt-sophomore and would have been selected within the first two rounds.
Unfortunately for Big Ten …