Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, who began his collegiate career as an Ohio State Buckeye before leaving the team after the Big Ten ruled Spence permanently ineligible for failing drug tests, will forgo his final season in Richmond, Ky. and enter the NFL Draft.
In his one season with the Colonels, Spence finished fourth nationally in tackles for loss with 22.5, fifth in sacks with 11.5 and three forced fumbles on the way to being named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
In a statement, Spence had this to say about his time in Columbus:
"I will also forever cherish my time spent at The Ohio State University," Spence said. "I wish things had turned out differently, but I've grown from my mistakes and have become a better person today because of them. Thank you Coach (Urban) Meyer for your ongoing support and direction. Buckeye Nation will always hold a special place in my heart, and I'm truly thankful for your continued support. Go Colonels! And Go Bucks!"
Best of luck at the next level, Noah.