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Ohio State suspends Adolphus Washington for Fiesta Bowl

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Ohio State will be without one of its top defensive linemen for the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. Adolphus Washington has been suspended by the Buckeyes following a citation for solicitation this week. Officially, Ohio State says Washington was suspended for a violation of team policy.

Washington was arrested and charged for a first-degree misdemeanor solicitation Wednesday night. The charge came from City of Columbus police. Washington is due to appear in court on December 17.

Washington was Ohio State’s second-leading tackler this season with 49 tackles. On the same defensive line as Joey Bosa, the Buckeyes had a tough combo of players for opposing offensive linemen to handle. With Washington now out of the mix for the Fiesta Bowl matchup against Notre Dame, Ohio State will have some time to prepare his backup for the starting job. Sophomores Donovan Munger and Tracy Sprinkle have been listed as backups for Washington this season. Sprinkle had his previous legal infractions nearly cost him a spot on Ohio State’s roster. In August 2014,

Sprinkle had his previous legal infractions nearly cost him a spot on Ohio State’s roster. In August 2014, Sprinkle rejoined the Buckeyes following a cocaine possession charge and involvement in a bar brawl. The drug charges were later dropped and he tested negative for cocaine, which led to a chance to return to the team. Sprinkle has played in 11 games this season and has three tackles.