Ricquan Southward leaves Buckeyes

October, 5, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The rebuilding of the Ohio State passing attack won't include Ricquan Southward. The true freshman wide receiver has voluntarily left the program due to personal reasons, the school confirmed on Friday.

Southward was a part of new coach Urban Meyer's first signing class with the program at a position the Buckeyes have tried to quickly re-energize after finishing last season with one of the worst passing attacks in the country. While the veterans Meyer inherited have given Ohio State a boost throwing the football, Southward hasn't been a factor at the position since arriving on campus and now won't be an option for it moving forward.

Southward was a four-star recruit out of Lakeland, Fla., ranked by ESPN as the No. 41 wide receiver in the country a year ago.

Wood scheduled for surgery: Reserve defensive back Jamie Wood is scheduled for an MRI and surgery on his shoulder in the coming weeks, and the procedure will end his season.

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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