COLUMBUS, Ohio – While he’s serving a a semester-long, university-mandated suspension, Ohio State redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson remains in Columbus working toward a January return to the Buckeyes, according to wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
Smith, speaking to the media on Wednesday night, said there is a plan in place to get the talented Florida native back to work with the football team in early 2017.
“We have a plan for Torrance to come back and he should be back in January as long as everything goes to plan,” Smith said Wednesday night. “We’ve just got to stick to the plan and go through the process.”
At present, Gibson is living off campus and not attending classes. The suspension, which Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer disagreed with, has the potential to be a major blow to a young football player who is transitioning from playing quarterback in high school to wide receiver, where he lines up now. The delay in his development on the field isn’t a major concern, according to Smith.
“I don’t know if it’s a detriment, it’s definitely a setback,” he said of the suspension of the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Gibson. “Not having someone here, they’re not going to develop because they’re not standing here getting developed.”
Ultimately, though, if the plan goes to design, Smith believes it won’t be a permanent setback for a player who is as physically gifted as any on the Ohio State roster.
“In the long run I don’t think it’s going to hurt him. I think the end product will be the end product that was going to happen anyway,” Smith added. “It may be pushed back six months or four months, or whatever it is. I’m confident that the plan we have right now to get him back here, to get him back to who we want him to be, is still going to work, it’s going to be effective.
“I’m not worried about the end result.”