In a deep draft where hundredths of a second separate first- from second-rounders, these issues were enough to move the Buckeye defender down the board to where the Broncos could stand pat and take him with the next-to-last selection of the first round. "Those were all weighed in," said general manager John Elway. "He's a young guy that has made some mistakes. Obviously we expect those things not to happen when he comes here, and we believe that we've got a tremendous locker room, so I think he'll get a lot of guidance there." "We thought he was a top-15 talent," Elway added. "If he hadn't had the couple of issues, there's no way he would have been there at 31." In the short term, he can look to fourth-year veteran Chris Harris Jr. as a high-character example that he can follow. But Roby will also be an insurance policy in case Harris' recovery from a partial ACL tear does not go as expected. Harris also has a contract that expires after the 2014 season, so Roby could factor into the Broncos' long-term plans for the position, as well. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/31 -- Bradley Roby, CB, 5-11, 194, Ohio State...None of the mock drafts conducted in the Broncos' draft room had Roby slipping to their spot, but when character concerns sent him tumbling down the board, the Broncos pounced. He projects as an outside cornerback opposite of Aqib Talib, but will likely be a No. 3 corner this season, with veteran Chris Harris retaining his starting slot and moving inside to the slot on nickel downs, allowing Roby to line up at right cornerback. Roby is most comfortable in aggressive, press-man coverage, which makes him a snug fit for coordinator Jack Del Rio's plans. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Buckeye CB Roby slips to Broncos at No. 31...For 2014, Roby projects as an outside cornerback in the nickel package. Elway said that Harris is the team's starting right cornerback. But in the past two years, when Harris has started, he has moved inside to play slot cornerback on nickel downs. "We'll play it by ear and see how Chris comes around," Elway said. "I think he's got the ability to play inside and outside, but we'll go into camp (with Roby) on the outside." Roby's consistency came into question last year, but his physicality and aggressiveness were beyond what is typical for a 5-foot-11, 194-pounder, and fits in the Broncos' offseason overhaul of their defense, which has placed speed and aggression as the top priorities. That led to their signings of Talib, safety T.J. Ward, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and Thursday's selection of Roby, who clocked a 4.39 40 at the Scouting Combine. "He's got all the measurables, and he's got the mentality. He'll stick his nose in there in the run game, and tackle," Elway said. "With the mentality that we're putting together on defense, he's going to fit in very well with that." The Broncos considered trading up or down, but opted to stand pat. Elway said the "price was too high to move up," and that chances to move out of the first round dried up as the Broncos' pick drew closer. "Teams said, 'No, we think we can still get our guy where we are,' because it pushed some people down to where they were," Elway said. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 39/5. *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State, 5-11, 194, 4.34, 1-2...After redshirting the 2010 season as a true freshman, Roby started all 13 games at cornerback in 2011 and quickly flashed his world class speed while leading team with three interceptions. He sat out 2013 opener (suspension after arrest for battery in bar fight) and shook off a so-so start to register a good season. Had more than his share of bothersome injuries the last two years. Frankly: Roby is gifted when it comes to doing the hard things, like mirroring receivers, but a lack of discipline and focus get him into trouble against inferior players. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: San Francisco 49ers...CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State: The 49ers might have to move up 10 spots in the first round in order to take Roby, but they have the trade ammunition with six picks in the first three rounds of the draft. Roby might have the best traits of any corner in the draft even if his production in 2013 wasn't as high as Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert or Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, both of whom are slated to go before Roby early in the first round. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 48. Bradley Roby CB, Ohio State (5-11, 194, 4.39, rJR)...Despite a forgettable 2013 season, Roby has the impressive speed and swivel hips that can't be taught. But his streaky technique and awareness makes him a work-in-progress in need of hard-nosed defensive coaching who won't allow him to fall asleep at the wheel. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Cincinnati Bengals...CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State: The Bengals don't need a starting cornerback in 2014. They need one in 2015. Roby brings all the physical tools and upside a team could want out of the position at 6-foot-0 and running a 4.38 40-yard dash. He needs polish coming off an underwhelming final season at OSU. One year with secondary coach Vance Joseph could have him prepared to start. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2014 - Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby accepted a guilty plea for having "physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence, settling a legal matter before the first-round prospect learns his fate in the May 8 NFL Draft. Roby was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated last weekend when police found him asleep in his car in a parking lot. The police report said he failed a subsequent field sobriety test. Roby and his attorney said otherwise, but Perrett released a statement Tuesday outlining the reasons for accepting the lesser charge, a non-moving violation that will not appear on his driving record.
"Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor's offer of a reduced charge to 'physical control' to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week's NFL draft," Perrett said. The deal comes two days after the 911 call reporting Roby nearly "hit a bunch of kids" at 3 a.m. Roby took to Twitter shortly after his run in with police to state his case. "I was not drunk. ... I was not driving. ... I did not get arrested. ... Was not in a cell. ... No finger prints. ... No mugshot. ... I have lost any respect I had left for the media. I take ownership in my part of it. But you run a story at least put out all facts ... " Roby wrote in a series of tweets. Perrett had earlier indicated Roby could challenge the case. - The Sports Xchange
04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on Philadelphia's draft radar: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State: While Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are penciled in as the starting cornerbacks for the Eagles in 2014, Kelly won't pass up the chance to upgrade the position and add a player who projects as a future starter. Roby struggled to meet lofty expectations as a junior in 2013, but he has the physical tools that will likely land him in Round 1 on draft weekend. He has above average speed with smooth hips, footwork and the competitive nature to be dependable vs. the run. Roby's fell asleep at the wheel too much on tape and needs to improve his coverage anticipation, but the athletic traits make him a fit for what the Eagles want. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: *Bradley Roby, Ohio State, 5-11, 194, 4.39...After redshirting the 2010 season as a true freshman, Roby started all 13 games at cornerback in 2011 and quickly flashed his world class speed while leading team with three interceptions. He sat out 2013 opener (suspension after arrest for battery in bar fight) and shook off a so-so start to register a good season. Had more than his share of bothersome injuries the last two years. Frankly: Roby is gifted when it comes to doing the hard things, like mirroring receivers, but a lack of discipline and focus get him into trouble against inferior players. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 44. *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State, 5-11, 192, 4.39, 2...After redshirting the 2010 season as a true freshman, Roby started all 13 games at cornerback in 2011 and quickly flashed his world class speed while leading team with three interceptions. He sat out 2013 opener (suspension after arrest for battery in bar fight) and shook off a so-so start to register a good season. Had more than his share of bothersome injuries the last two years. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/19/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 8. CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...After almost jumping to the NFL a year ago, Roby had a forgettable season in 2013 with some poor performances in big games for the Buckeyes. He appeared to be reading his own press clippings and struggled to stay alert in coverage, allowing a number of productive plays for opposing offenses. But Roby's athleticism and physical nature are two areas that keep him in high regard for many NFL scouts and the Combine will be his chance to remind the league why so many previously considered him a first round lock. If he doesn't run his 40-yard dash in the 4.3's and register low numbers in the short shuttle and 3-cone drill, it will be considered a disappointment. Roby's height-weight measurements will also be important. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Bradley Roby, Ohio State, Defensive Back...Roby is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and sits third on the team with 63 tackles. The 2012 first-team All-American leads the team with 13 pass break-ups and has blocked a pair of punts. - Ohio State football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Bradley Roby, Ohio State, Defensive Back...Roby is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and sits third on the team with 63 tackles. The 2012 first-team All-American leads the team with 13 pass break-ups and has blocked a pair of punts. - Ohio State football
11/21/2013 - Buckeyes CB Roby leaving for NFL...Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby will declare for the 2014 NFL Draft following the end of the Buckeyes' season, head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday. Roby is rated as the No. 3 cornerback and No. 29 prospect overall eligible for May's draft, according to current ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. Oregon junior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (No. 24 overall) and TCU senior Jason Verrett (28) are the only cornerbacks rated ahead of him. Meyer said Roby, who was expected to leave the Buckeyes after this season, will be honored on "Senior Day" when Ohio State plays host to Indiana on Saturday.
Roby, 5-feet-11 and 192 pounds, has eight interceptions and 32 pass breakups in his career. While considered an elite athlete, he has been inconsistent as a junior and was routinely beaten by Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis last month. Roby also has not had much of a chance to display his man coverage skills in Ohio State's system. Roby does have world class speed, and will be a candidate to run a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in February. Along with his athleticism and ballhawking ability that can project to good man coverage abilities in the pros, NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler said Roby has a fighting attitude to compete for the ball that will also help earn him a potential first-round grade by many teams. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/2013 - The good news for Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby is that he didn't get beat on Saturday against Iowa, something that has become an unfortunate habit for him this season. But the reason is because he exited the contest in the first quarter after he was disqualified for a targeting penalty. He struck Iowa 6-foot-7 tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with helmet-to-helmet contact after clearly launching himself in an upward motion.
The play was reviewed and upheld. Roby entered this season as a possible early first round draft pick due to his athleticism and ballhawking ability in man coverage, but it's been a rocky start to his junior year. He was suspended for the season opener after an off-field incident and his misfortune stretched to the field as he struggled mightily vs. Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis and several others against California and Northwestern. Despite the poor start, Roby still has the second half of 2013 to prove to NFL scouts that his 2012 play wasn't a fluke. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Ohio State fans were up in arms that star CB Bradley Roby was ejected for coming in high on the shoulder/neck areas on a tackle of Iowa receiver CJ Fiedorowicz in the first quarter of Saturday's game. The play was reviewed and the call on the field stood. The new rule, adopted in February by the NCAA's Football Rules Committee, specifies that players are ejected for any violation. Roby's penalty, in essence, was ejection for three quarters. He will be eligible to play all of Saturday's game against Penn State (8 p.m., Ohio Stadium). The intent is to eliminate dangerous contact.
As might be expected, after the game both coaches seemed to see it differently. Some Ohio State fans blamed the ejection on the receiver, while some accepted it as the correct call. "I thought it was below - you guys could see, was it below the shoulder?" coach Urban Meyer said of the contact dished out by Roby. "That's my question. I guess I don't know. I got fined $30,000 one time for going after an official, so I'm not going to do that."
Fiedorowicz returned to play the rest of the game. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz didn't think the call was even remotely open to question. "The rule's in place. You live by the consequences of the rule," he said. "I did not think that was the closest call of the day, if that's what you're asking. It didn't appear that way to me. That's a tremendous crew of officials we had on the field today." - AP Sports
10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bradley Roby, Ohio State, Jr., CB, Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge...Blocked and recovered a Northwestern punt in the end zone in the first quarter for Ohio State's only touchdown of the first half...It is his second career blocked punt, his third special teams touchdown and fourth career score...Also finished with two special teams tackles...Wins his first Special Teams Player of the Week honor...Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Johnston (Sept. 30, 2013). - Big Ten football
10/01/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 5 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...While it was a strong showing for Abbrederis, it was the opposite for Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby who has continued his slow start to the 2013 season. Against Wisconsin, Roby collected an interception and showed his aggressive nature in run support, throwing his body around and taking on contact. But in coverage, primarily on Abbrederis, he struggled all night.
Roby played tight coverage most of the night and was in correct body position, but was late looking for the ball and failed to finish after giving up the catch, resulting in a Abbrederis' first half touchdown. He was often caught with his eyes in the wrong place and it looked like he was trying to be too perfect when left alone in single coverage, grabbing Badgers' jerseys and attracting penalties with poor timing. With his athletic skill-set and confident demeanor, Roby has the makings of a first round pick, but unless he can knock off the rust, he will be better off returning to Columbus for his senior year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/17/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 3 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...After sitting out the season opener due to a suspension, Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby showed some rust last week in his first action of the year and again displayed inconsistent focus for most of the Buckeye's win at California. He started the game playing 10-12 yards off the line of scrimmage, conceding underneath throws, even in short-yardage situations.
Some of that is scheme-based and might not be all Roby's fault, but it is up to him to drive and limit plays in front of him, something he was late to do in this contest. His lack of size and overall length also showed up several times as he often found himself a few inches away from making a play on the ball. There is a lot to love about Roby's game, including his speed and fighting attitude, but he needs to stay alert for all four quarters to convince NFL teams he's worthy of a high first round grade. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DB Bradley Roby was back in the lineup against San Diego State after sitting out the first game under suspension following his arrest outside a nightclub this summer. Roby did not start, but was quickly a fixture in the secondary. Against pass-happy Cal, Roby should have a busy evening. - The Sports Xchange
09/12/2013 - Scouting the Ohio State pass defense: The Bears are going to the air, with true freshman QB Jared Goff, who leads the nation with 930 passing yards. Meyer knows the Buckeyes will have to be ready for the no-huddle and the quick hitters. "The ball comes out so fast, the screens, the quick passes, so you don't really have a chance to get to the quarterback," Meyer said. "So how you disrupt their passing is you disrupt the quarterback's flow." Ohio State throws a veteran secondary in Goff's field of vision, and likes its chances to win more battles than it loses. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 8. Bradley Roby*, CB, Ohio State (5-11, 190): The Buckeyes used to churn out first-round defensive backs. Roby, who has spectacular straight-line speed and quick hands, will renew the tradition. He will be making his 2013 debut against San Diego State after serving a one-game suspension for his part in a fight during the offseason. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 8. CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State (5-11, 190, 4.42)* -- The Buckeyes used to churn out first-round defensive backs annually. Roby, who possesses spectacular straight-line speed and quick hands, will renew the tradition. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State (5-11, 192, Jr.)...An exciting player who leaps off game tape, Roby has underwhelming height and overall strength, but he has the speed, footwork and overall presence to lock down one side of the field in man coverage. He still has room to improve and will sit out the first game after an off-field incident, but Roby has the ability to be a top-10 pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/22/2013 - Starting DB Bradley Roby, a pre-season All-American, will sit out the first game of the season as punishment for his arrest outside a club in Indianapolis a couple of weeks before the start of fall camp. Roby allegedly struck a bouncer after Roby was asked to leave the establishment. - The Sports Xchange
08/22/2013 - Misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby were dropped four days before the pretrial conference. The All-American previously had a misdemeanor reduced to less serious charge. The Columbus Dispatch first reported charges were dropped. The charges stemmed from an incident on July 21 outside a bar in Bloomington, Ind., where Roby was accused of striking a security guard. Roby has not missed any practices while police and Ohio State officials have investigated the incident, but he wasn't listed as a starter for the regular-season opener. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said he is waiting for the investigation to conclude before deciding what, if any, punishment he will mete out. Meyer has indicated a suspension was likely, but that was beforethe charges were changed. Roby had been projected as a first-round pick in last year's draft but came back to Columbus to help the Buckeyes build on their perfect 2012 season -- a season where Ohio State was ineligible for a bowl bid. In two seasons with the Buckeyes, Roby has started all 25 games. In 2012, he compiled 62 tackles, 17 passes broken up and two interceptions. Roby still has a pretrial conference slated for Aug. 26. - The Sports Xchange
08/21/2013 - The bad news for Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby is that he's still suspended for Ohio State's season opener against Buffalo. The good news for Roby is that the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against him was conditionally dismissed on Wednesday. Roby will have to complete a diversion program that just requires him to avoid legal trouble until August 16, 2014. Roby had been charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of hitting a security guard outside a bar in Bloomington, Indiana in July. The original charge was reduced to misdemeanor disorderly conduct last week.
Of course, if you're an Ohio State fan hoping this latest news will result in Roby's suspension being dismissed as well, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. There were never any charges filed against Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde following his own incident at a bar, but that didn't stop Urban Meyer from suspending him for three games. So odds are Roby will still miss the game against Buffalo, though I have a feeling Ohio State will manage just fine without him. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
08/18/2013 - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Smith have been suspended. Both will miss the season opener against visiting Buffalo on Aug. 31. Roby was suspended following his July arrest for his role in a bar fight in Bloomington, Ind. Friday, he had a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery reduced to a Class B disorderly conduct. The Buckeyes were preparing for the season without Roby until a videotape surfaced that shows Roby being pushed by security guards several times before he "lunged" at one of them and then handcuffed, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
"I don't think it's done yet," Meyer said. "The assault or battery, that was the part, there's a video of it and the story I was told was that there wasn't (any battery by Roby). "He'll be suspended one game just because there was an issue, and I'll make further determination -- I don't think it's done." Roby is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Aug. 26. Previously, running back Carlos Hyde was suspended the first three games of the season after he was accused of assaulting a woman, but did not face charges. - The Sports Xchange
08/17/2013 - Ohio State All-American Bradley Roby's misdemeanor charge was changed on Friday to a less serious charge, meaning that one of the best cornerbacks in the nation might not miss any games. The charge stems from an incident on July 21 outside a bar in Bloomington, Ind., where Roby is accused of striking a security guard. Roby has not missed any practices while police and Ohio State officials have investigated the incident. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said he is waiting for the investigation to conclude before deciding what, if any, punishment he will mete out, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Meyer has indicated a suspension was likely, but that was before Friday when the charges were changed.
Roby had been projected as a first-round pick in last year's draft but came back to Columbus to help the Buckeyes build on their perfect 2012 season -- a season where Ohio State was ineligible for a bowl bid. In two seasons with the Buckeyes, Roby has started all 25 games. In 2012, he compiled 62 tackles, 17 passes broken up and two interceptions. Roby still has a pretrial conference slated for Aug. 26. - The Sports Xchange
08/16/2013 - Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby received good news on Friday as the misdemeanor charge of battery he was facing was reduced to a lesser charge. According to the Columbus Dispatch, instead of being charged with battery Roby is now facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The charge stems from an incident outside a bar in Bloomington, Indiana on July 21.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he would wait until all the facts of the case were decided before disciplining Roby, but although he hasn't missed any practice time, the All-American corner has been working with the second unit during training camp. Also, just because the charge has been reduced, that doesn't mean Roby will escape a suspension. Meyer said a suspension was likely for Roby during Big Ten media days, and running back Carlos Hyde was suspended a minimum of three games in July even after it was announced he wouldn't face any criminal charges stemming from his own night club incident. Roby has started all 25 games for the Buckeyes in the last two seasons, finishing 2012 with 62 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and 17 passes broken up. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
08/14/2013 - TOP OHIO STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. CB Bradley Roby (5-11, 193, 4.42)*...Roby's lack of size and strength will show up at times as he struggles to quickly disengage blocks, especially against bigger receivers on the outside. He has improved his footwork and upper body technique the past two seasons, but his hand use is still a work-in-progress, attracting too many penalties downfield for defensive holding and pass interference. Roby has supreme confidence for the position, but is also susceptible to double-moves and overaggressive angles due to his fiesty nature. Although he still has some wrinkles he needs to iron out, Roby is one of the more exciting defensive prospects for next year's class based off of film study and it won't be surprising if he ends up as a top-10 prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - TOP OHIO STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. CB Bradley Roby (5-11, 193, 4.42)*...Arguably the best cornerback at the college level, Roby passed up the first round to return to Ohio State for his junior season, but the vibe around the program is 2013 will be his final in Columbus. He has started 23 games the past two seasons for the Buckeyes with five career interceptions, leading the nation in passes defended per game last year with a 1.73 average. Roby has elite speed, range and closing burst, displaying an explosive gear to eat up grass in a hurry with the make-up speed to recover and chase down ballcarriers. His foot quickness is above average, easily getting out of his breaks with the read-react quickness to anticipate routes and arrive before the ball. Roby has a natural feel in coverage with very good vision and timing to get his hands on the ball and disrupt the catch point. He lowers his pads and is an aggressive hitter in run support, but needs to control himself and be more consistent breaking down at the point of attack. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DB Bradley Roby was second in the nation with 19 passes defended in 2012, and had two interceptions. He took one back for a touchdown against Nebraska, and was the only defensive player in the nation to score touchdowns three different ways in the 2012 season. He recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone and scored on an interception return. - The Sports Xchange
07/25/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State...Roby was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2012 when he led the nation in passes defended with 19 (17 pass break-ups, which tied the OSU single season record, and two interceptions) and 1.73 per game. - Ohio State football
07/24/2013 - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer described his reaction as furious to weekend legal incidents involving two starters and called the team's disciplinary policies as strict as any program in the country. Speaking at the Big Ten Media Days on Wednesday in Chicago, Meyer dealt mostly with questions surrounding senior running back Carlos Hyde, who was suspended on Monday after an alleged altercation at a Columbus bar, and All-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby after he was arrested at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. "I want to make sure our discipline is as hard or harder than anything out there," said Meyer, who is entering his second season at Ohio State after going undefeated in 2012.
Meyer also has faced scrutiny for his discipline while at Florida in the wake of the murder charges against former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez. "I don't worry about my reputation, I worry about my players," Meyer said. Meyer acknowledged that the past few days were rough.
"Disruption is the biggest thing that bothers me," Meyer said. "I think the head coach needs to set a standard: direct, guide, mentor, push and direct these guys. Ultimately, though, every person is ultimately held accountable for their decisions they make. So we've just got to continue to evaluate all the things we do." Roby faces preliminary charges in Monroe County, Ind., on battery resulting in bodily injury after he allegedly refused to leave a bar and was detained by bouncers. - The Sports Xchange
07/22/2013 - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus. In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar this past weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week's Big Ten media days. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the annual event. Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner were also disciplined on Monday.
''I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor,'' Meyer said in a statement issued by Ohio State late on Monday afternoon. ''There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions.'' - AP Sports
07/22/2013 - Report: Ohio State star RB, CB in trouble...Monroe County records list Roby as being arrested in the early Sunday morning hours in Bloomington, Indiana. Roby, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated cornerback prospect for the 2014 draft, could be in an even worse situation because charges have already been filed. He is facing preliminary charges of battery resulting in bodily injury, reportedly for refusing to leave a bar after a disturbance took place there. If Roby is lost for a significant amount of time it could be a significant blow to the Buckeyes' chances of competing for a Big Ten and perhaps even national championship this fall.
Roby, 5-11, 193-pounds, was named a semi-finalist to the Thorpe Award following a redshirt sophomore season in which he led the nation with 19 passes broken up. Viewed as the top cornerback prospect out of Ohio State since Malcolm Jenkins (whom the New Orleans Saints selected No. 14 overall in 2009), Roby was expected to continue a proud tradition of talented Buckeye defensive backs in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/22/2013 - Ohio State starting running back Carlos Hyde was suspended, but not dismissed from the team, as a result of an incident at a Columbus bar. Early Monday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Hyde had been dismissed from the team after reports that he allegedly punched a woman at a Columbus bar.
However, in a press release issued later Monday, head coach Urban Meyer announced Hyde had been indefinitely suspended from football activities. The release also noted that further punishment and dismissal are is still possible, depending on the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations. Hyde has not yet been charged in the incident. Hyde rushed for 970 yards last season with a team-high 16 rushing touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: DB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...Roby started all 25 games the past two seasons ... expect this fourth-year junior, who has five career interceptions in addition to 23 pass break-ups, to be one of the best, if not the best, cornerback in the nation in 2013 ... Roby was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2012 when he led the nation in passes defended with 19 (17 pass break-ups, which tied the OSU single season record, and two interceptions) and 1.73 per game. - Ohio State football
07/12/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...Roby led the nation in 2012 with 19 passes defended, including 17 PBUs, which tied a school record, and two interceptions. He was also one of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award. Roby was the only defensive player in the nation to score touchdowns three different ways this season (recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone vs. Miami; recovered a blocked punt in the end zone vs. Indiana; and the interception return vs. Nebraska). He also blocked a punt in the win at Michigan State and finished third on the team with 63 total tackles. - Ohio State football
07/12/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Bradley Roby, Ohio State, DB...A first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer by both the coach and media polls, Roby was the only defensive player in the nation last year to score touchdowns three different ways (recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone vs. Miami; he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone vs. Indiana; and he intercepted a pass vs. Nebraska and returned it for a touchdown). He blocked a punt in the one-point win at Michigan State and he was third on the team in tackles with 63. - Ohio State football
07/12/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...Roby was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2012 when he led the nation in passes defended with 19 (17 pass break-ups, which tied the OSU single season record, and two interceptions) and 1.73 per game. He as named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp. - Ohio State football
05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State...Roby earned first-team All-America honors last year after leading the nation in passes defensed (1.73 per game) with a school record-tying 17 pass break-ups. This big play maker also scored touchdowns three different ways: an interception return vs. Nebraska; off a fumbled punt vs. Miami; and off a blocked punt return vs. Indiana. - Ohio State football