Report: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby facing battery charge

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

In addition to the suspension of starting running back Carlos Hyde, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that star cornerback Bradley Roby was arrested in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday and faces "preliminary charges" of battery resulting in bodily injury.

Meyer and the Buckeyes announced Monday afternoon that as a result of his "legal issue this weekend," Roby will not attend Big Ten Media Days as scheduled and "could face additional discipline."

The Dispatch cited sources saying that Roby "was asked to leave a bar after a disturbance, refused, and was subdued by bouncers at the bar before being taken into custody."

Bloomington police issued a press release reproduced by Eleven Warriors stating that witnesses saw Roby "attempt to start a fight" inside the bar. He was removed but attempted to re-enter the bar, at which point he "struck one of the security guards in the chest."

Roby will reportedly have a hearing related to the arrest Monday afternoon.

A fourth-year junior, Roby is expected to be not only Ohio State's best defensive player* but one of the Big Ten's brightest defensive stars. A 2012 first-team All-Big Ten selection, Roby has appeared on multiple preseason award watch lists -- including the Jim Thorpe Award -- and is a potential preseason All-American.

Any extended Roby absence could be highly damaging to a Buckeye defense that returns only four starters (Roby included) and finished 11th in the Big Ten last season in passing defense (albeit sixth in pass efficiency defense).

*Give or take second-team Big Ten linebacker Ryan Shazier.

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