Small, Rose, Carter to miss bowl

Updated: December 24, 2009, 10:54 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Ohio State will be without senior wide receiver Ray Small and senior defensive end Rob Rose for the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi, head coach Jim Tressel confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Small, Rose and wide receiver Duron Carter will all miss the game Jan. 1 against Oregon. Tressel did not provide specific reasons for the suspensions.

"It is especially disappointing when young people lose the privilege to compete, especially because it is the Rose Bowl and they are seniors," Tressel said.

Ohio State confirmed last week that Carter would be out but provided no reason, though a source told ESPN.com it was because of academics. The same source told ESPN.com that both Small and Rose violated a team rule. Rose had also been in some academic trouble following the release of fall quarter grades.

Carter is the son of former Ohio State and NFL star receiver Cris Carter, an ESPN NFL studio analyst.

Small, who has had conduct issues throughout his college career, is the team's No. 3 wide receiver and top punt return man. Carter is the team's No. 4 receiver, while Rose is a reserve defensive lineman who has recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Tressel said wideouts Taurian Washington and Lamaar Thomas as well as tight end Jake Stoneburner must now take on larger roles in the Buckeyes' passing game.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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