COLUMBUS, Ohio — Speaking on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he expects redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson to wait out his suspension and return to the program.
On Monday, Gibson was suspended by the university for the fall 2016 semester after he was judged to have violated the student code of conduct. He will not be able to enroll in classes or take part in any football activities during that time.
Meyer said Tuesday that he didn’t want to comment further on why he voiced an opposition to the suspension, but he did note that he expects the Plantation, Fla., native to continue his career with Ohio State going forward.
“I believe that is the plan (for him to return),” Meyer said. “This all just kind of happened in the last week, so we’re still dealing with it. I’ve had zero indication that he wants to leave and his focus is to be the best Buckeye he can possibly be.”
Other updates from the teleconference are as follows:
- Meyer said he didn’t want to speak for cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, but it appears Denzel Ward, Marshon Lattimore and Damon Arnette will all rotate in the cornerback spot opposite Gareon Conley instead of having one primary starter
- The biggest concern for Meyer is how his secondary and linebackers will react to Bowling Green’s quick screens on offense. “It’s going to be a quick, fast-paced game, and our job is to win that first game,” he said. “I just want to make sure we tackle those guys and get them on the ground.”
- Meyer indicated that the offense will resemble the tempo that Ohio State used in wins against Michigan and Notre Dame. The OSU coach said that’s why offensive coordinator Ed Warinner moved to the press box, and that’s where he’ll remain for this season.
- Meyer referred to junior right guard Billy Price as “the face of our program” and said he’s grown exponentially during his time at Ohio State. Price came to Ohio State as a defensive lineman but quickly switched to the offensive line, where he’s started since his redshirt freshman season. Meyer also referred to his strength as unprecedented.
- Speaking of growth, Meyer had kind words for defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle and the maturity he’s shown recently. Meyer called him a leader of the team and a starter and said he’s been a great story for the Buckeyes.
- Gareon Conley was also a recipient of praise from Meyer, who said he plays hard all the time and has shown leadership throughout training camp. “He’s going to be a big part of our team, obviously,” Meyer said.