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UK’s offensive line has its hands full with EKU’s Noah Spence


Eastern Kentucky may be an FCS football program, but defensive end Noah Spence is no second-tier pass rusher. Spence is one of the best defensive linemen Kentucky will see all season; equally as good as, if not better than, Florida’s Jonathan Bullard, Tennessee’s Derek Barnett, Mississippi State’s Chris Jones and Auburn’s Carl Lawson and Montravious Adams. There isn’t a team in the Southeastern Conference that wouldn’t take Spence today, and start him tomorrow.

So why is he in Richmond?

Short answer: Ecstasy.

Spence openly admits he had an addiction to the psychoactive drug while at Ohio State, where he started 13 games at defensive end in 2013, before he was suspended for a failed drug test prior to the Orange Bowl. Spence argued he unknowingly took the drug in a drink, and threatened to sue the Big Ten. But after failing a second drug test weeks before the 2014 season, Spence’s addiction came to light and he was dismissed from the team. He admitted to taking it after every game during the season, and every Friday and Saturday during the offseason.

At the time of his dismissal, Spence was considered Ohio State’s top NFL prospect, ranked ahead of Michael Bennett, Braxton Miller and Devin Smith, a second-round pick last May. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection and finished second in the conference in sacks and sixth in tackles for a loss, playing as a true sophomore for the Buckeyes.

Prior to Ohio State, Spence was a five-star recruit, the top-ranked defensive end in the 2012 class and the fourth-ranked player overall. He turned down Alabama, LSU, USC, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Notre Dame — you name it, he had a scholarship offer.

Now he’s playing for lowly Eastern Kentucky and dominating the competition. He has a sack in each of the Colonels’ first three games and he leads the team with five tackles for a loss.

Tomorrow, he will give Kentucky’s banged up offensive line all it can handle for four quarters. UK shouldn’t have a problem getting the win, but it will have a huge problem containing Spence and protecting the quarterback.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for UK’s offensive line has its hands full with EKU’s Noah Spence

  1. BenHur
    2:11 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    I hear E is a hell of a drug.

  2. John
    2:13 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    Lol. America, 2015. He was going to sue the BIG TEN over something he was actually doing all along. Smh.

  3. Clyde
    2:57 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    Good to know that FCS football programs across the country are considered “lowly”. Last time I checked, EKU had a rich football tradition that includes the following: 20 OVC titles, 4 straight FCS National Title game appearances from 1979 to 1982, two national titles in 1979 and 1982 and 31 consecutive winning seasons that just ended ended in 2009. I don’t think your a bad guy Drew, but you may reconsider your wording sometimes. We EKU graduates are great in number in this state and I assure you we have never considered our football program lowly, even during some of the lean years of late. According to an article I’ve linked to at Fox 8 in Cleveland Ohio, Urban Meyer and Dean Hood are long time best friends. From what I can gather, Coach Meyer persuaded Noah Spence to attend EKU in order for Spence to increase or at least maintain his high NFL stock value, while at the same time play for Coach Hood who is a stand up guy and runs a solid program. Just my two cents, keep up the good work.

    • Drew Franklin
      3:06 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

      Compared to Ohio State, it is very lowly.

    • Buckeye
      7:47 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

      Compared to Ohio State, Kentucky is also very lowly.

  4. Bobby Petrino
    3:01 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    How come we didn’t sign that kid? He would have been ecstatic with our program.

    • The Loco Pollo
      3:15 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

      Because he only failed 2 tests. Everyone knows it’s 3 strikes and you’re in at da Ville.

      Someone needs to crank some EDM outside the EKU locker room to get in his head.

  5. RealCatsFan
    3:10 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    One question: Why isn’t he at Louisville?

    #4, you beat me to it – well played sir.

    • Karen
      8:40 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

      These days Ricky gets his players from Isis. He promises them virgins from Indianapolis. Works every time.

  6. Elmer Skaggs
    4:41 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

    Put Drew Barker in. It not as if Eastern Kentucky people is known to hold a grudge

    • Troll Slayer
      5:36 pm October 2, 2015 Permalink

      You may wanna slink back into your cave for a while…. All is not well in Da’ Ville…..