COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson has been suspended for the season due to a violation of the school's student code of conduct, a punishment that Urban Meyer made clear he does not agree with heading into the team's season opener on Saturday.
"It was not from the athletic department or football," Meyer said during his weekly news conference Monday. "I disagree with it."
Meyer didn't provide any details on what transpired or what, if anything, could be done about it given his opposition to the discipline. Ohio State has not commented on the nature of the violation.
Once among the nation's most coveted recruits at quarterback, Gibson shifted positions after arriving on campus last year for the Buckeyes due to a logjam on the depth chart. His dynamic athleticism and size suited wide receiver.
But the transition hasn't been smooth on the field or off. The position change has given Gibson troubles at times, and he was suspended for a game during his redshirt season a year ago.
The hype that surrounded his recruitment was re-energized during practices in April when Gibson capped off a productive month with six catches for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the spring game. Meyer confirmed that Gibson was "in the mix" for a role with the Buckeyes this fall.
"I would anticipate he's going to contribute this year, but I don't know that," wide receivers coach Zach Smith said earlier this month. "He's going to have to go earn it and come along where we say we're comfortable putting him in the game and know he can perform to the standard that our unit is expected to have and demands.
"But as far as his ceiling, he's as talented as anybody I've been around. The ceiling is extremely high."