Source: Academics sideline Carter

Updated: December 18, 2009, 4:50 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Ohio State freshman wide receiver Duron Carter will not participate in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi, the team announced Thursday.

No official reason was given for Carter's absence, but a source close to the program told ESPN.com that Carter had been ruled academically ineligible. Multiple media outlets in Ohio reported that the freshman was awaiting a final decision on his academic status.

Ohio State faces Oregon on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl (ABC, 4:30 p.m. ET).

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that senior defensive lineman Rob Rose will be eligible for the game after working his way out of academic problems.

Carter is the son of former Ohio State and NFL star receiver Cris Carter, who is an ESPN NFL studio analyst. Duron Carter appeared in all 12 games this fall as the Buckeyes' No. 4 wideout. He ranks third on the team in receiving yards (176) and tied for fifth in receptions (13).

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