Ricquan Southward Leaves Ohio State

By Kyle Rowland on October 5, 2012 at 4:45p

Ohio State wide receiver Ricquan Southward has left the football program voluntarily for personal reasons. Ohio State sports information director Jerry Emig has confirmed the report.


Southward, Ohio State’s lone Florida recruit in 2012, did not appear in a game this season. He originally committed to the University of Miami but switched to Ohio State the day before Urban Meyer was officially hired as head coach.

He was a top-100 recruit in Florida after a senior season that saw him catch 54 passes for 994 yards and nine touchdowns. Southward was a first-team all-state selection and rated the No. 36 receiver in the country by ESPNU for the class of 2012.

Southward is the second receiver to leave the program this week, joining Tyrone Williams, who was dismissed on Monday for a violation of team rules. Reports have also indicated junior safety Jamie Wood has left the program due to chronic shoulder injuries. 

Southward will have four years of eligibility remaining.



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CanadianBuckeye's picture

Sorry to hear about it for the young man.  Best of luck to him!

tennbuckeye19's picture

And there you go...I'm guessing Southward was the player Triv was referring to earlier this week.

ClevelandGuy's picture

I say good luck to him wherever he plays, presumably a Florida school. also, we are closer to that 22 scholarship number now

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BUCKfutter's picture

yeah i imagine he will end up somewhere southward from ohio

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SilverBulletNYC's picture

Nicely done...

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gwalther's picture

Well played. Ape tits, for 1000.

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CGroverL's picture

I'm sorry. I'm a 39 year old Buckeye fan and I am weak on lingo. I did however come up with the "El Guapo" nickname for Carlos Hyde way before I started hearing it here at 11W. Anyway, would you please help me out and explain your comment for me?
Well played. Ape Tits, for 1000 sounds like something of of an episode of "Jeopardy.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



gwalther's picture

Dude... Are you serious with that? Or just trolling to get helmet stickers? Yes, it's a reference to SNL's Jeopardy skit. If you'll notice, the commenter above who made the funny comment about Southward has the SNL Jeopardy version of Sean Connery as his profile pic. That character said the line, "Ape tits, for 1000." Clearly 5 other people got the comment without the benefit of this paragraph explanation, as evidenced by the upvotes.

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Crimson's picture

I think you're going a bit overboard on him.  If you look at his profile, he's only commented 4 times since the beginning of September.  Also, you're getting pretty close to the DON'T BE A JERK line.
Then again, if you don't know SNL Jeopardy, there's gotta be something wrong with you (so I won't downvote).

I've gotta ask you about "The Penis Mightier" . . . Gussy it up however you want Trebek; what matters is, does it work?

gwalther's picture

May be right on the getting close to the jerk line.. Sorry about that to the other guy. 
Youre DEFINITELY right about something being wrong with a person who isn't familiar with SNL jeopardy. I'm throwing an upvote your way for both observations.

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gwalther's picture

In my defense... There was an El Guapo reference in the initial post..

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Justanut's picture

Good luck, young man!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

littering and.......littering and.....

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

SLVRBLLTS's picture

I'm glad I'm not the only one that has heard that rumor. How Meyer was able to spin this into a "personal reasons" voluntary dismissal is a stroke of genius.
Then just when he thinks he got away with one, here comes Cardale with another wrench....

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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GoBucks713's picture

Good luck to you Ricquan.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Best of luck to this young man. Better to get out now then waste 4 years somewhere you don't enjoy.

sb97's picture

Exactly how close are we to 22 now?

Northbrook's picture

We are at 21 by my count. We'll make 22 easy but I hate to see it happen this way.

Sean N's picture

Going to play SCHOOL somewhere else, I suppose.

TMac's picture

Good luck Ricquan.

ONE Not Done!

BuddhaBuck's picture

Jamie Wood's tweet's indicate that he's hanging up the cleats as well. 

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1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I wish this kid the best of luck... I'd heard he's been pretty depressed through things he's tweeted and expressed to other players, hope he finds a school where he fits it and has a great college career.

buckeye76BHop's picture

It's easily 22 and could be more...look at the roster.  1 or 2 lineman that were labeled overweight and sloppy...unless they get it in gear.  Ty Williams, Jamie Wood, and now Southward and possibly one more...CJ are his initials.  I also wouldn't be surprised if C. Fields departs as well if playing time doesn't increase by years end.  I've heard some rumblings about this but not sure how valid it is considering he's already a Jr.  IMO it all depends on if UFM and company want to bank it for next year...that's the big question on how many numbers there will actually be for 2013. As I dislike to see it also...I'd rather both parties go their separate ways now like Brewster said above.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

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Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

bodast67's picture

yeah i imagine he will end up somewhere southward from ohio

           haha I see what you did there




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This news comes just in time for the night game, which just happens to be a HUGE recruiting weekend!
Could helps sway some much needed talent @ that specific position, respectively!

Grayskullsession's picture

Two receiver gone in a week? Come on down Foster, Quick, Stevens et al.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

buckeyepastor's picture

Hopefully Michael Thomas comes along from that class.  WR is not a position where we can afford to have a recruiting class be vacant.   Well, there's NO position (save QB) where we can afford a year of dormancy.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Silverbuck8's picture

Too bad, always had hopes this kid would come in and contribute as he seemed to have a lot of potential.

DefendYoungstown's picture

If you don't want to contribute then there's the door, this is just like any real life job.  

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

buckeyedude's picture

It may not have been a matter of him wanting to contribute. It may have been more of the not being asked to contribute. (I didn't give you the downer, btw.)



Buckeye_Mafia's picture

That's unfortunate for him.  Hopefully he can get his feet under him and straighten out whatever personal issues that are causing him to leave.  Looks like that will open up some room for two or three skill players for next year's recruiting class. 

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

dja.ohio's picture

I think it's business and tough love at WHAC now. Student athletes are being introduced to the real world of working hard and showing not just improvement, but actual results without excuses.  Not everyone is ready for that kind of environment, especially a freshman.

Buckeyes2014's picture

How many players have left, dismissed, or transfered?


Buckeyejason's picture

Since Santonio Holmes..these Reciever recruits from Florida just don't pan out here anymore.


PortlyOSUMan's picture

What do you mean? Albert Dukes, Duron Carter, James Louis, and Ricquan Southward...oh wait, now I see...

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Reminds me of all of the basketball players who have left because they think they are the greatest ever, then get to college and find out they're bench-warmers at The Ohio State University... good luck elsewhere, but if you don't want to work hard and fight to earn a spot, you aren't a true Buckeye anyways...

William's picture

The kid is homesick, Jesus Christ man......

bhardy22132's picture

^^agreed. He is just a kid man get off of it. You can be the hardest working person out there but if you are missing home to the point that it makes you depressed, hard work doesnt mean anything at that point. Good luck to the kid in whatever he decides to do anyways.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Apparently I missed the part that said he was homesick... and as I mentioned earlier, I wish him luck and success wherever he goes. I just suspect he chose the because of their lack of proven receivers returning. He figured he could start rightaway. If he were contributing in games, he probably wouldn't be so "home sick."

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Apparently I missed the part that said he was homesick... and as I mentioned earlier, I wish him luck and success wherever he goes. I just suspect he chose the because of their lack of proven receivers returning. He figured he could start rightaway. If he were contributing in games, he probably wouldn't be so "home sick."

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Sucks to lose a talented guy. Best of luck to him, and hopefully we can land someone after the Nebraska game!

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Hate to lose anybody that committed to play for the Buckeyes but really only want those that are happy to be here!  Good luck young man!

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DetroitBuckeye's picture

This really sucks especially after how he was the big florida commit this offseason, best of luck to him.

Boom777's picture

I love how people assume this kid is the one from a thread "so and so" made about someone getting booted for drugs that's not what it said nor did the thread give a name as to who it was pertaining to. Let's not throw dirt at people when we don't have all the facts and bad mouthing him by assuming he's using drugs is dumb. I don't think Urban would spin this if he violated rules to get booted he hasn't tried to bullshit on any other problems the program has had.

Wherever you are, there you be!

BuckJake's picture

Best of luck to him in the future.

CowCat's picture

I don't think there's any foul play here.  If this kid was a f**-up, he would have been dismissed, and Urban would have made a point of annoucing it.
More likely it just wasn't a fit for him.   He wasn't recruited by Meyer, and he was on the fence about OSU even after Meyer was hired.   Maybe the school size was too big?  Who knows.  He's an 18 year old kid.
It's difficult to work hard if you don't see a future for yourself at a place, for whatever reason.
Good luck to him.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Southward shot his wad. Best of luck to him.

jkrk's picture

Hope he finds a place he can put up numbers. 

UABuckeye's picture

Hate the kid was that sad. Glad hes moving on. Good Luck man

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CowCat's picture

Let it be, let it be ...

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

buckeyedude's picture

you whisper words of wisdom....



buckz4evr's picture

Best of luck to the young man

AltaBuck's picture

Winter is Coming...probably off to Dorne.

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ellspar's picture

Always hate to see a buckeye go... i do think we are okay at wide receiver though. W/ Jalin coming in, need maybe 1 more guy. I don't believe we have a starting senior receiver.

Max Power's picture

Do we lose Chris Fields also? He's not seeing much PT, and he would only have one year of eligibility left (?) so it wouldnt make sense for him to do so. I'd have to imagine he's not pleased

BuckeyeW's picture

I'd kinda forgotten all about Fields. Someone must know something about his status.